HYDERABAD FILM CLUB
APRIL 2019 – PROGRAMME
At Sri Sarathi Studios Preview Theatre, Ameerpet
Azerbaijan Film Festival
(Screening Azerbaijan country’s films first time by HFC)
15 -04-2019 6.30 p.m. BUTA
Monday (2011/98 mins.)
16 -04-2019 6.30 p.m. DOWN THE RIVER
Tuesday (2014/130 Mins.)
17 -04-2019 6.30 p.m. PROMEGRANATE ORCHARD
Wednesday (2017/90 Mins.)
27 -04-2019 6.30 p.m. CORN ISLAND
Saturday (Georgia/2014/100 Mins.)
(2011/98 mins./with EST)
Written, Directed : Ilgar Najaf
Producers : Ilgar Najaf, Xamis Muradov
Cast : Rafig Guliyev, Tofig Aliyev, Elnur Karimov, Laman Naviyeva, Arzu Isayeva, Bahadur Sefiyev
“Buta” is the story of a lonely seven year old boy (named Buta), who lives in a mountain village with his grandmother. For the little boy Buta, art and life are inter woven. The boy Buta is befriended by an old man, whose advice helps Buta to overcome his difficulties. Buta’s grandmother weaves a special carpet in memory of Buta’s mother. The carpet features a special pattern (also called “Buta”), which represents love.The boy is inspired by his grandmother’s work, and decides to make his own “Buta” made of rocks and stones, high on the top of the mountain… The film unfolds folk traditions and human sensitivities in a simple contemporary story.
Ilgar Najaf – Director
Ilgar Najaf was born March 2nd, 1975, in the Ararat region of the Armenian Republic (USSR). After ethnic conflict in 1988 when he was 13, he and his family were forcibly expelled from Armenia and became refugees. In 1993, he entered the Azerbaijan State University of Arts’ film director’s faculty. In 2004, he established the film studio Buta Film where he worked on a number of documentaries and short films as a producer as well as director.
DOWN THE RIVER
(2014/130 Mins./with EST)
Director : Asif Rustamov
Script : Asif Rustamov, Otar Pertakhia
Cast : Namig Aghayev, Mehriban Zeki, Alexandra Andrezejewska,
Ali coaches a rowing team in a provincial town. The young squad also includes his son Ruslan, who finds it difficult to meet the performance demands. Aligoes through a midlife crisis. His family is on a verge of a breakdown. He wants to leave his wife LEYLA for his lover SASHA, who works at the same school. SASHA persistently demands for ALI to accompany her to Poland, her native land, where they could start a new life together. Just before an important race, in the interest of the team’s performance, Ali decides to replace Ruslan, who was originally chosen for the event. Subsequently, dejected son drowns in a municipal water reservoir. ALI searchesfor the body of his son extensively down the river. In a sea port, inside a cold storage room for fish, ALI finally identifies another drowned man as his son, although it is clear to the viewer that this is not RUSLAN.
Asif Rustamov, Director
Asif Rustamov was born in 1975 in Baku, Azerbaijan and studied in Economic University and Azerbaijan State University of Culture and Art. Down the river is his debut feature film. His filmography includes shorts like Sunset (2002), Labyrinth (2003), with the back of Kybla (2009) and documentaries like The Crossroads (2004), Time of Mercy (2006) and Sun City (2007). The House (2007) won awards in Asiatica Film Mediale (Italy), Cine Pobre (Cuba) and Houston (USA) and invited to Eurasia (Kazakhstan), Kineforum (Russia), Rotterdam (Netherlands), Clermont-Ferrand (France), Fribourg (Switzerland), and Cottbus (Germany).
He co-founded the Association of Young Filmmakers of Azerbaijan and is an editor of the Azeri film magazine Fokus.
(2017/90 Mins./with EST)
Director : Ilgar Najaf
Screenplay : Asif Rustamov, Ilgar Najaf, Roelof Jan Minneboo
Cast : Gurban Ismayilov, Samimi Farhad, Ilaha Hasanova
“Pomegranate Orchard” set in rural Azerbaijan, revolves around the sudden return
of Shamil’s son Gabil, with ulterior motives. Gabil’s twelve year absence significantly
changed their way of life. Shamil had to look after Gabil’s wife Sara and grandchild
Jalal who suffering with impaired colour vision. Aging, Shamil is becoming too infirm
to maintain the family pomegranate orchard, which has long been his pride and joy.
Eventually his son’s actions inflicts deep emotional scars on Shamil and his
Ilgar Najaf – Director
Ilgar Najaf was born March 2nd, 1975, in the Ararat region of the Armenian Republic
(USSR). After ethnic conflict in 1988 when he was 13, he and his family were forcibly
expelled from Armenia and became refugees. In 1993, he entered the Azerbaijan
State University of Arts’ film director’s faculty. In 2004, he established the film studio
Buta Film where he worked on a number of documentaries and short films as a
producer as well as director.
Director : George Ovashvili
Written by : George Ovashvili, Roelof-Jan Minneboo, Nugzar Shataidze
Camera : Elemér Ragályi
Cast : Ilyas Salman (old man), Mariam Buturishvili (young girl), Tamer
Levent (officer), Irakli Samushia (soldier)
The Enguri river forms the border between Georgia and the breakaway
republic of Abkhazia. Tensions between the two nations have not abated since
the war of 1992–93. Every spring the river brings fertile soil from the Caucasus
down to the plains of Abkhazia and northwestern Georgia, creating tiny
islands: small clusters of no man’s land.
The islands are havens for wildlife but occasionally also for man. Our story
begins when an old Abkhaz farmer sets foot on one of the islands. The old
man builds a hut for him and his teenage granddaughter, he ploughs the earth
and together they sow corn. As his granddaughter blossoms into womanhood
and the corn ripens, the old man is confronted by the inescapable cycle of life.