By Laman Ismayilova
Azerbaijani films have been demonstrated at the 20th International Film Festival in Lima, Peru, Azertac reported.
The screening took place through cooperation between Azerbaijan`s Diplomatic Mission in Lima and the Culture and Tourism Ministry of Azerbaijan, and aimed to strengthen and develop cultural relations between the two countries.
Seven films, including "The Cloth Peddler" (1945), "If Not That One, Then This One" (1956), "The Bat" (1995), "Strange time" (1996), "Steppe Man" (2012), "Nabat" (2014) and "Down the River" ( 2014), were shown at the festival with Spanish subtitles.
The festival featured around 400 foreign films in various genres including works of directors from Latin America, France, Switzerland and several Arab countries. More than a million Peruvians could see the films that were shown at cinemas and culture centers across the country.
"The Cloth Peddler" a full-length Azerbaijani comedy film made in Baku in 1945. The film is based on the Arshin Mal Alan (operetta) by the famous Azerbaijani composer Uzeyir Hajibeyov.
The storyline is about young Aska, who wants to get married. He is a rich, successful businessman and has everything he could wish for except for one thing-a wife. However, tradition does not allow him to choose his own bride.
So, Asgar decides to disguise himself as a mere cloth peddler and the young woman Guelchoehra falls in love with him.
The movie has already been shown in 136 countries in 86 languages. The film was colorized and remastered in Los Angeles in 2012-2013. Its colorized version premiered in Baku, Azerbaijan in December 2013.
"If Not That One, Then This One" is an operetta in four acts written by Azerbaijani composer Uzeyir Hajibeyov. The operetta was first made into a film in 1918-1919
The comedy reflects social and everyday life relations in pre-revolutionary Azerbaijan. Another film version of the play was produced by the Baku film studio in 1956.
"The Bat" tells story of characters, who are attracted to each other, which takes them inexorably toward death. Their fate is just as tragic as the attempt to unite art and life.
"Strange time" is about young woman who nursed her father who had mortal illness. But after all she lost her love, her work and her friends.
Another national film "The Steppe Man" has already attended nearly 30 international film festivals and forums and received a number of awards.
The storyline is about a young steppe man who lives in remoteness from the city, closely tied to nature. His father teaches him the subtleties of life in the steppe. Soon after his father's death the young man meets a girl from a city. Their meeting becomes a new page in his life, a step to a big life unfamiliar to him before.
The film "Nabat" was shot in 2014 and dedicated to Karabakh war, which resulted after Armenia's unjustified territorial claims against Azerbaijan.
Elchin Musaoglu decided to make this film after being impressed by a true story told by one of his friends.
The story revolves around a village's residents who are forced to leave their homes because of an ongoing battle. But there is an old woman who refuses to leave her family members buried in the village. The full-length film was nominated for Oscar in 2014.
"Down the River" is the psychological family drama about rowing team coach Ali, which is dealt a cruel blow by fate. Ali is a tyrant, who cheats on his wife and forces his son Ruslan to become a rower and train hard towards this end. Try as he might Ruslan is unable to live up to his father‘s expectations. Only with his son‘s tragic death Ali is forced to reassess his approach to life as well as towards those around him, in particular his wife.
The film "Down the River", the production of the “Azerbaijanfilm” studio entered into LET'S INTEGRATE!, a special program within the Cannes Film Festival.
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