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STORY

DIRECTING STATEMENT

I always wanted to make a film in the south of Azerbaijan, where I am from. Its culture, tradition, people and their values were always interesting to me. As I grew up, I’d hear stories about villagers who loved each other but were often obliged to enter arranged marriages.  They would still have feelings for each other but wouldn’t be able to express them. By making this film I wanted to explore ways in which my characters Kerim and Rena could manage to express their secret love without being noticed.

Kerim and Rena were in love, but had to marry other people. Despite the passing of time, their love  is now prohibited and dangerous in the society they live in. On the hill where all villagers have to come to use mobile phones, they see each other every week, but can’t display their feelings at all. The only secret way of expressing their love is through lights flashing in the darkness of night.

CAST/CREW

 starring SEYAD ALIYEV, ZULFIYYA NAZAR MAMMADOVA,

ISKENDER ABBASOV, REZIYE BAKHSHIYEVA, HIKMET JAFAROV, ALLAHVEREN BABAYEV, 

 editor RAZVAN BARSETI, ORKHAN AGHAZADEH / production designer LARA ZEIDAN

cinematographer CAMERON WARD / focus puller ANTOINE BILLON / producer MINA SALIMI,

co-producers  AZER HASANOV, RUSLAN AGHAZADEH, ORKHAN AGHAZADEH

 writer&director ORKHAN AGHAZDEH sound IMMERSE

TECHNICAL INFO

Running time: 19:50Spoken Language: AzerbaijaniSubtitles: English

Master format: Apple ProRes 4444,1998x1080 / Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1

Shooting format: ARRI Alexa mini Image: ColourAspect Ratio: 1.85:1

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