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It’s night time and the lights burn bright in the apartments of a tower block housing estate in Baku. Myriad individual destinies are unfolding here: we zoom in to focus on those of Samir, Fidan and their 18-year-old son Machmud. While Samir has surrendered to a sort of lethargy, Fidan is attempting to get new bearings and Machmud is planning on moving out. Harbouring different ambitions and desires for freedom, the three pursue their own parallel lives while showing practically zero emotion: affectionate interaction is kept to a bare minimum and attempts at conversation are almost always brusquely dismissed. No one has time for the others here – that is, until Fidan disappears one day during a trip to the beach. Using wonderfully subtle images, director Elmar Imanov paints an intimate family portrait set in contemporary Azerbaijan. Time and again, the camera lingers long on the individual figures, creating harmoniously illuminated tableaus that bring the main characters to the fore and lend them emotional depth in spite of their superficial reticence. Imanov and producer Eva Blondiau have succeeded in realising an astonishing project from a country that is largely underrepresented when it comes to cinema.
Director
Elmar Imanov
Born in 1985 in Baku, Imanov immigrated to Germany in 1998. He studied film directing at the ifs internationale filmschule köln. He participated in productions and shoots of numerous short films in Azerbaijan and Germany. In 2012, he graduated with his thesis film THE SWING OF THE COFFIN MAKER, which won the Student Oscar and over 35 awards worldwide. With producer Eva Blondiau he founded the production company COLOR OF MAY in 2013, producing TORN, which had its world premiere at the “Directors’ Fortnight” in Cannes.
Filmography2010 // ICH BIN SCHAUSPIELER (short)2012 // DIE SCHAUKEL DES SARGMACHERS / THE SWING OF THE COFFIN MAKER (short)2014 // TORN (short)2019 // END OF SEASON
Trailer
präsentiert von:

Azerbaijan, Germany, Georgia 2019
92 min, DCP, colour



OV with English Subs

Director

Elmar Imanov

Screenplay

Elmar Imanov
Anar Imanov

Sound

Jonas Thoma
Jascha Viehl
Holger Buff

Co-Producer(s)

Mushfig Hatamov
Driss Azhari
Nina Frey
Anar Imanov
Berta Valin Escofet
Jonas Thoma
Sitara Ibrahimova
Rasim Jafarov
Züliyya Gurbanova
Mirmövsüm Mirzazade

Cast

Rasim Jafarov
Mirmövsüm Mirzazade
Zülfiyya Qurbanova

Producer(s)

Eva Blondiau

Production

Color of May

Co-Production

Azerbaijanfilm
Maisis Peri
AzhariFrey

Distribution

Pluto Film

Cinematographer

Berta Valin Escofet
Driss Azhari

Editor

Ioseb Bliadze

Sound

Jascha Viehl
Holger Buff

Music

Jamal Ali
Firudin Allahverdi
Vorstellungen:
Thursday, 04/11/2019, 6:00pm
Caligari FilmBühne

Friday, 04/12/2019, 6:15pm
Museum Wiesbaden

Friday, 04/12/2019, 8:30pm
Deutsches Filmmuseum Frankfurt