Azerbaijani film to be shown at Vienna festival

A documentary titled "My Kith and Kin" directed by Azerbaijani film director Rodion Ismayilov will be part of the competitive program of the LET'S CEE Film Festival in Vienna on September 13-21. The film also represents Azerbaijan at the Sarajevo Film Festival, which is being held August 16-24. Another film by Ismayilov, "Camping Ground", will participate at the international Faito Doc Festival in Naples, Italy on August 21-25. The movie has already taken part in about 20 international festivals. The annual LET'S CEE Film Festival features exclusively high-quality productions from Central and Eastern Europe, including the Caucasus region and Turkey.
The Festival's program features a selection of the best current feature films and documentaries as well as promising short films, all of which take part in the festival's film competitions. The event aims to advance the international level of acceptance and distribution of Central and Eastern European films. Moreover, the objectives include promoting promising talent from Central and Eastern Europe and Austria, making a significant positive contribution to a modern and exemplary understanding of intercultural dialogue, both on a national and international level.
The storyline of "My Kith and Kin" is based on the first visit by lead character Lolita to Azerbaijan. Lolita is a person who personifies two cultures, as her mother is Russian and her father is Azerbaijani.
This delicate and compelling story describes a ten-year-old girl who comes to Azerbaijan for the first time to be acquainted with her father's relatives. Lolita aspires to learn about the culture and traditions of her Azerbaijani family members.
The 63-minute long film of the DS FILM Production Center was made with the support of the Ministry of Culture of Russia in the Tovuz region of Azerbaijan. Camera operator of the film is Mikhail Gorobchuk, music was composed by Vladimir Kuptsov, and the producers are Rodion Ismayilov and Svetlana Dalskaya.
The film won "The best anthropologic film" award at the eighth Open Russian Anthropological Film Festival (RAFF) in April and was nominated for "Best Documentary" at the eleventh Almaty International Film Festival "Shaken's Stars".
The film was also shown at the international documentary film festival "Visions du Réel" ("The images of reality") in Nyon, Switzerland, in April.
Rodion Ismayilov graduated from St. Petersburg State University of Cinema and Television in 1998.
In 1997, along with Alexander Bashirov, he established a studio and shot a feature film, "The Iron Heel of Oligarchy", which became a cult film once.
From 2000 to 2005, Ismayilov was the president of the St. Petersburg Foundation of Independent Cinema. Since 2009, he is the director and producer at the DS FILM Production Center.

By Nigar Orujova

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