"Steppe Man" film named best at international festivals

27 June 2020 12:00 (UTC+04:00)

By Laman Ismayilova

"The Steppe Man", a film by the Azerbaijani director Shamil Aliyev has been successfully screened at international festivals in India, Australia and Nepal.

The jury of the Old Monk International Film Festival in Nepal (February - May) awarded the film with in the nominations "Best Feature Film", "Best Director" and "Best Screenplay".

"The Steppe Man" won four prizes at Sand Dance International Film Festival in India (January - May) in the nominatuons "Best Feature Film", "Best Director", "Best Director" and "Best Music".

The film was also named best at Wonderland International Film Festival in Australia (January-June) and the Monthly Online International Film Festival in India (June). The results were announced online amid  COVID-19 pandemic.

"The Steppe Man" tells a story of 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 was produced in 2012 at Azerbaijanfilm studio by the order of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

"The Steppe Man" has been screened at many international film festivals such as Florence Film Awards 2019 (Italy), European Screen Awards 2019 (Indonesia), White Unicorn International Film Festival 2019 (WUIFF) and others.

The film also won in such nominations as "Best Director", "Best Screenplay", "Best Female Actor", "Creative Search".

"The Steppe Man" was selected as the Azerbaijani entry for the "Best Foreign Language Film" at the 86th Academy Awards (the Oscars).

The scriptwriter of the film is Vidadi Hasanov, the director of photography is Rafig Guliyev, art directors are Rafig Nasirov and Ibrahim Halil Aminov, the composer is Rauf Aliyev, and producers are Mushvig Hatamov and Azer Guliyev.

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Laman Ismayilova  is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow her on Twitter: @Lam_Ismayilova

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