By Laman Ismayilova
With the organizational support of the Azerbaijani Embassy in Pakistan, "Ali and Nino" movie was premiered in Islamabad.
The ceremony taken place in the hall of the Pakistan National Arts Council was attended by the Acting Foreign Secretary Aitzaz Ahmed, representatives of the local community, foreign embassies operating in Pakistan, media, artists and students, Azertac reported.
Addressing the event, Azerbaijan’s Ambassador to Pakistan Ali Alizade said that the film was shot on the initiative and with the support of Vice President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Leyla Aliyeva, who is also the executive producer of the film.
Ambassador said that the film tells about the struggle of Azerbaijan for independence and the establishment of the first Azerbaijan Democratic Republic in 1918.
In his speech, Aitzaz Ahmed stressed friendly and deep relations Azerbaijan and Pakistan.
He said that over the past 26 years, Azerbaijan has grown significantly in the political, economic, social and cultural spheres.
Further, the premiere of the film took place, which was watched by the audience with a great interest.
"Ali and Nino" was written (originally in German) by the enigmatic Kurban Said, and is currently in the public eye due to this Hollywood adaptation, which has been directed by British Academy Award-Winning director Asif Kapadia.
The movie portrays the torrid romance between a Muslim Azerbaijani young man and a Christian Georgian girl in Baku during the period 1918–1920. It depicts pre-Soviet Azerbaijan, touching upon the political processes occurring in Azerbaijan before and after the establishment of the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic (1918).
Producer of the film is Kris Thykier and director is BAFTA Award winner Asif Kapadia, while its script was written by the Academy Award winner Christopher Hampton.
The movie was shot in various parts of Baku, as well as in the streets of the historical Old City, Gobustan, Khinalig, Ganja and Gadabay regions.
Starring in the film are Adam Bakri as Ali and María Valverde as Nino. Other actors are Halit Ergenc, Mendy Petinkin, Connie Nielson, Riccardo Skamarchio, Homayon Ershadi, Fakhraddin Manafov, Assaad Bab, Numan Acar and others.
"Ali and Nino" was first screened January 27, 2016 at the Sundance film festival.
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