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NABAT

Original title: NABAT
International title: NABAT
Type: Fiction, « Second Feature »

CAST
* Fatemeh Motamed Arya…………Nabat
* Vidadi Aliyev………………………..Iskender
* Sabir Mamadov……………………..Major
* Farhad Israfilov…………………….Davud

CREW
Director: Elchin Musaoglu
Screenplay: Elkhan Nabiyev & Elchin Musaoglu
Director of Photography: Abdulrahim Besharat
Editing: Babak Shirinsefat
Original Music: Hamed Sabet
Sound Recorder: Sasan Nakhaei
Sound Mixer: Bahman Ardalan
Production Designer: Shahin Hasanli
Costume designer: Safura Manafova
Make-Up: Mehrdad Mirkiani
Stills photographer: Dariush Nacafi Gol

Production Manager: Aref Safarov
Producer: Mushfiq Hatamov
Production Company: Azerbaijan Film

Shooting format: 2K
Screening format: DCP
Sound: Dolby SR
Ratio: 16/9
FPS: 24
Original version: Azeri (Turkish)
Subtitled in: English or French
Running Time: 105 min
Year: 2014

Fiction – colour – 105 min – 2014 Republic of Azerbaijan

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Synopsis:
Nabat and her husband Iskender, an old and sick ex-forestry worker, live in a small isolated house far from the village.
War has been raging for some time and their son has been killed at the front.
Their sole means of survival is the sale of milk from their only cow that Nabat takes to the village every couple of days.
As the shadow of war envelopes the region the village is slowly deserted by its inhabitants.
Following Iskender’s death Nabat has to survive in a now abandoned village under the regard of a she-wolf.

In French:
Nabat et son mari Iskender ancien garde forestier âgé et très malade, vivent dans une petite maison isolée loin du village.
Depuis un certain temps la guerre s’est installée dans le pays et leur fils a été tué au front.
Les seules ressources du couple consistent en la vente du lait produit par leur unique vache que Nabat apporte tous les deux jours au village.
l’ombre de la guerre enveloppe progressivement la région et le village est peu à peu abandonné par ses occupants.
Iskender disparu, Nabat va devoir assumer sa vie dans un lieu déserté par les hommes mais sous le regard d’une louve…

Director’s Statement:
When the USSR fell apart in 1991 war engulfed my region. I was working as a documentary maker for a TV channel when a colleague told me of a story he was witness to. Fighting had forced the evacuation of the inhabitants of a village. Just an old woman refused to leave as her family members were buried there. I told myself that only a mother could behave thus and decided to make a film about one. In all conflicts it is mothers who suffer the most. It is not for nothing that people say, ‘Paradise is to be found beneath a mother’s feet’. I sincerely believe that if more power were given to mothers the world would be a better place.

In French
En 1991 au décours de la dissolution de L’URSS, la guerre s’est déclenchée dans tous les pays de la région. Mon pays ne fut pas épargné par ce conflit. Je travaillais à l’époque comme documentariste pour une chaine de télévision. Un jour, un de mes camarades m’a raconté une histoire qu’il avait vue de ses propres yeux. Sous les feux d’une guerre meurtrière, les habitants d’un village avaient été contraints de quitter leurs habitations.
Seule une femme âgée avait refusé de quitter son domicile. Elle disait que toute sa famille était enterrés dans le village. Je me suis dit que seule une mère pouvait agir ainsi. J’ai donc décidé de faire un film sur une mère. Dans toutes les guerres, les mères sont celles qui souffrent le plus. Ce n’est pas pour rien qu’on dit que « Le Paradis est sous les pieds des mères ». Je pense sincèrement que si les mères avaient davantage de responsabilités et de pouvoir, le monde retrouverait plus d’espoir.

Festivals:
*-71st Venice International Film Festival, Italy. August 27-September 06, 2014.  « Orizzonti Competition »
*-Milan Film Festival, Italy  Le vie del cinema. I film di Venezia a Milano. September 15-24, 2014.
*-50th Chicago International Film Festival, USA. October 09-23, 2014. « World Cinema Program »
*-38th São Paulo International Film Festival, Brazil. October 16-29, 2014. « Competition Section »
*-27th Tokyo International Film Festival, Japan. October 23-31, 2014. « Main Competition Section »
*-63rd International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg, Germany. November 06-16, 2014. « Competition Section »
*-18th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, Estonia. November 14-30, 2014. « Forum / Focus on hot topics »
*-45th International Film Festival of India, Goa. November 20-30, 2014. »Competition Section »
*-14th Marrakesh International Film Festival, Morocco. December 05-13, 2014. « Competition Section »
*-26th Palm Springs International Film Festival, USA. January 02-12, 2015. « Awards Buzz » lineup
*-13th Pune International Film Festival, India. January 08-15, 2015. « World Competition Section »
*-Encore screening in Tokyo! 27th Tokyo International Film Festival, Lineup, Japan. February 28, 2015
*-Aga Khan Museum, Toronto, Canada. March 18, 2015.
*-34th Istanbul International Film Festival, Turkey. April 04-19, 2015. « New Visions Section »
*-33rd Fajr International Film Festival, Iran. April 25-May 02, 2015. « Eastern Panorama » Competition Section
*-26th Ankara International Film Festival, Turkey. April 23-May 03, 2015.
*-Tripoli Film Festival, Lebanon. April 30-May 07, 2015. « Competition Section »
*-9th Five Lakes Filmfestival, Bavaria, Germany. July 29-August 09, 2015. « Main Competition Section »
*-11th Eurasia International Film Festival, Almaty, Kazakhstan. September 19-25, 2015. « Competition Section »
*-4th LET’S CEE Film Festival, Vienna, Austria. October 01-11, 2015. « Competition Section »
*-16th Arabisches Film Festival, Tübingen, Germany. October 02-10, 2015. « Islamic and Oriental » Countries
*-3rd Bosphorus International Film Festival, Istanbul, Turkey. November 20-27, 2015. « Competition Section »
*-14th Dhaka International Film Festival (DIFF), Bangaldesh. January 14-22, 2016. « Asian Competition » section
*-Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia. ‘Pop Islam’ as part of the Gallery’s 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art. November 21, 2015-April 6, 2016. Screening date: February 26, 2016.
*-Persische Kulturwoche München, Germany. January 27-February 4, 2017.
Film Screening dates: Januvary 29 & 30, 2017.

Awards:
*Winner of: *Mannheim-Heidelberg Award*
Motivation: For telling a moving and universal story of human perseverance.
*Winner of: *International Film CriticsPrize*
Motivation: For the extraordinary depiction of the committed, compassionate and solitary resistance of an old woman during war time. The director uses a unique. The director uses a unique style of film language with images poetically evolving from village landscape to allegory.
*Winner of: *Prize by the Ecumenical Jury*
*Winner of: *Special Mention Award* for the producer ‘Mushfiq Hatamov‘ at the 13th Pune International Film Festival, India.
*Winner of: *Best Director* at the 33rd Fajr International Film Festival, Iran.
*Winner of: *Best Film* at Tripoli Film Festival, Lebanon.
*Winner of: *Best director*
*Winner of: *Best Performance by an Actress: *Fatemeh Motamed Arya* at the 11th Eurasia International Film Festival, Kazakhstan.
*Winner of: *Best Performance by an Actress: *Fatemeh Motamed Arya* at the 4th LET’S CEE Film Festival, Austria.

LET’S CEE Curator Tomasz Raczek:
« The film NABAT shows the fate of a poor peasant woman against the background of the war between Armenia and Azerbaijan in the beginning of the 1990s. But at the same time, it is a universal parable of all mothers during times of war. What seems to be set as a rational village chronicle by director Elchin Musaoglu soon turns out to be interfused with poetical dream images and nature symbolism, impressively visualising Nabat’s inner and outer world. It is the depressingly beautiful melancholia that distinguishes this film, derived from the exceptional play of the Iranian actress Fatemeh Motamed Arya ».

*Winner of: *Best Performance by an Actress: *Fatemeh Motamed Arya* at the 14th Dhaka International Film Festival (DIFF), Bangaldesh. 
*Winner of: *Best Performance by an Actress: *Fatemeh Motamed Arya* at the 3rd Bosphorus International Film Festival, Istanbul, Turkey.