The new generation of filmmakers from Azerbaijan, despite many difficulties, tries to create their own film language, enriching the national cinema with contemporary secular issues.
Azerbaijan – The Land of Contrasts
December 5th, 2018, 12:00
University Cultural Centre, 1N Ciołkowskiego Street
age rating: 16+
It has been about 20 years since the collapse of the Soviet Union. 20 years can be enough to create and shape a generation with new views and different perspectives. However, the period is short for countries like Azerbaijan, where the Soviet rule of governance is still dominant. Because the effect of this type of control manifests itself in all areas, cinematography is no exception. The Azerbaijani cinema is still unable to escape the chains of old Soviet traditions because it depends on the government in 90% and only fulfills its orders. Yet the new generation, despite all the difficulties, is trying to create their own cinema language, bringing contemporary secular issues to our national cinema. They are already participating in a number of prestigious festivals, e.g. Venice, Cannes, Berlinale, Karlovy Vary, Marseille, Idfa, Hotdocs, among others, trying to capture the trends of the world’s cinema. The short films presented at these festivals are examples of the independent cinema that began to emerge – and continues with confidence – in Azerbaijan.
Curator: Imam Hasanov
The Swing of the Coffin Make, Elmar Imanov, 2012, 29’
Tekbetek, Ismail Safarali, 2014, 12’
Sonuncu/The Last One, Sergey Pikalov, 2014, 19’
Shanghai, Baku, Teymur Hajiyev, 2016, 20’
Səs/Voice, Ərturan Nəcəfi Göl, 2017, 19’