The feature film ‘Red Garden’ and the short films ‘Lady Next Door’, ‘My Grief is Light’, ‘Above and Below’, ‘Dmitrov 86’ have been screened at 9th the Sofia MENAR Film Festival on January 16, 18, 27, 28. The festival took place on January 12-29 in Sofia, Bulgaria. Our films have been screened in ‘In Focus: Central Asia & Azerbaijan’ program of the festival.
On January 16, there was held Azerbaijan Film Night. Bulgarian state and government officials, the representatives of the country's leading NGOs and mass media, heads of diplomatic missions accredited in Sofia, Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the Republic of Bulgaria Nargiz Gurbanova, representatives and members of the Bulgaria-Azerbaijan Friendship Society attended the event.
Sofia MENAR Film Festival makes Bulgarian audience familiar with the culture and traditions of the Islamic world. The program of Sofia MENAR Film Festival presents the best of Middle East and North Africa cinema productions, including feature films, documentaries and short projects.
The films were produced with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
The film was coproduced by Azerbaijan and Russia at ‘Azerbaijanfilm’ Studio named after Jafar Jabbarly and ‘WeiT Media’.
The film also has been screened at the International film festivals in Kazakhstan, Germany, Turkey, Egypt and Bangladesh.
Written and directed by: Mirbala Salimli
Director of photography: Maxim Drozdov
Production designer: Leonid Karpov
Composer: Salman Gambarov
Executive producers: Tofig Musayev, Timur Jafarov, Nazim Huseynov
Producers: Mushfig Hatamov (‘Azerbaijanfilm’ Studio) and Timur Weinstein (‘WeiT Media’).
Starring: Magsud Mammadov, Gulzar Gurbanova, Taleh Badiyev and others.
‘4.1 Urban Motives’
For the records, the films ‘Lady Next Door’, ‘My Grief is Light’, ‘Above and Below’ and ‘Dmitrov 86’ are included into the anthology film ‘4.1 Urban Motives’.
The films internationally premiered in ‘Focus’ section of the Cottbus Film Festival in Germany.
‘Lady Next Door’
Written by: Irada Baghirzadeh and Anar Abbasov
Directed by: Anar Abbasov
Director of photography: Aleksey Shepilev
Starring: Gulzar Gurbanova, Javanshir Hadıyev and others.
‘My Grief is Light’
Written and directed by: Rufat Hasanov
Director of photography: Mikhail Belkin
Music by: Roman Shulga
Starring: Roman Shulga, Ali Nasib, Teymur Nadir and others.
‘Above and Below’
‘Above and Below’ has been awarded with the Best Film Diploma of Film Forum ‘Hope’ in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic.
Written and directed by: Timur Ismayilov
Director of Photography: Nadir Mehdiyev
Music by: Gokhan Jeylan
Starring: Eyvaz Aliyev, Namig Aghayev, Arzu Ahmadov and others.
The film also has been screened in competition program of the Didor International Film Festival.
Written and directed by: Jafar Akhundzadeh
Director of photography: Alishir Hamidhojayev
Music by: Rustam Zeynalli
Starring: Zemfira Sadigova, Alibey Mammadli, Abdul Mahmudov, Dilara Kazimova and others.
The production designer of ‘4.1 Urban Motives’: Rafig Nasirov
Executive producer: Azer Guliyev
Producers: Mushfig Hatamov (Azerbaijanfilm Studio) and Irada Baghirzadeh (Adari Films).