Azerbaijani film conquers Minsk International Film Festival [PHOTO]
By Laman Ismayilova
Azerbaijan's feature film “The Lesson” has won the prize of Minsk International Film Festival "Listapad", Trend Life reported.
The film was screened at children's and youth competition.
Along with Azerbaijan, the festival was attended by filmmakers from Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, France and the United States.
"The Lesson" was shot upon the order of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism by the Azerbaijanfilm studio named after Cafar Cabbarli.
The storyline is about the life of Baku schoolchildren, friendship and responsibility for their actions.
Khalid becomes a target of ridicule for his classmates. No-one wants to become friends with him. He dreams of making friends with the most popular boy in the class. "If I have such a friend, I'll be respected and loved by everyone," the kid once told to his granddad.
In the end, the naive boy realizes that respect and recognition come only to those who have self-esteem and who value and remember their roots.
The film was scripted by Elza Agayeva and Anastasiya Volkova, directed by Rafiq Aliyev and Cavid Tavakkul, produced by Musfig Hatamov and photography by Rauf Qurbanaliyev.
Minsk International Film Festival “Listapad” is the biggest and high-status cinema event held annually in November.
More than 200 screenings take place at 6 venues. Various workshops, retrospectives and exhibitions complement the programme. The best works from the region recognized by the most prestigious festivals in Europe are competing for the main award of the Festival.
Laman Ismayilova is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow her on Twitter: @Lam_Ismayilova
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