Azerbaijani movie to be screened at int'l event in Ukraine

An Azerbaijani movie, The Steppe Man (Cholchu), will join the 14th international television and cinema forum "Together" to be held in Yalta, Ukraine, on September 5-11. The Steppe Man, a feature film shot by Azerbaijani film director Shamil Aliyev, has an exciting plot. It is about a young steppe man who lives far from the cities, closely communicating with nature. He is taught by his father Ulu all the tricks of the prairie life. Shortly after his father's death, a new chapter begins in his life as he meets a girl who came from the village. For him the acquaintance with her is a step into a large and therefore unknown life...
Creative work for the movie was done by script writer Vidadi Hasanov, director of photography Rafig Guliyev, production designers Rafig Nasirov and Ibrahim Khalil Aminov, composer Rauf Aliyev, and producers Mushvig Hatamov and Azer Guliyev. The film stars Bahruz Vagifoglu, Vidadi Hasanov, Javidan Mammadov, Salome Demuria, Vusal Mehraliyev and others. Steppe Man was presented at the XXI Open Film Festival of CIS countries, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, Kinoshock 2012 (Anapa, Russia), the VIII Eurasia International Film Festival (Almaty, Kazakhstan in 2012) and was awarded a diploma at the V International Film Festival Didor (Dushanbe, 2012). It was among the bidding entries at the XVI International Festival in Tallinn, Dark Nights (2012), was presented at the 35th Cairo International Film Festival (2012), the 13th Tbilisi International Film Festival (2012), the 24th Ankara International Film Festival (2013), and the International Film Forum "Golden Knight 2013" in Khabarovsk, Russia. The international jury of the film festival appreciates most of the films that bring forth the idea of a person's moral transformation or their spiritual development. The program of the forthcoming festival includes 220 films of all genres and styles, including feature films and animated cartoons. The film festival sees its mission in reviving independent cinema in Central Asia, inspiring discoveries in cinema language and attracting attention to independent cinema by promoting short films created by cinema school students and non-professionals. The event provides an opportunity for young directors not only to learn the secrets of world cinema and film production, but also to participate in the formation of the Central Asian author cinema.
By Sabina Idayatova

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