Industries & Festivals — November 15, 2011 at 10:58 am

Azerbaijani movie at the Indian film festival

Nice to know that local movies are being spread to more film festivals. Azerbaijani film “The Precinct” (“Saha”) is included in the 17th Kolkata Film Festival in India.

Kolkata Film Festival is an annual film festival held in Kolkata (India), which shows new films of all genres including documentaries from around the world. The festival itself is organized by West Bengal Film Centre under the West Bengal Government.

Kolkata Film Festival is in fact the second oldest film festival in India. It all began in 1995, when the first independent international film festival was inaugurated at Nandan- West Bengal Film Centre.

The Kolkata Film Festival, an accredited film festival of the FIAPF (International Federation of Film Producers Association, Paris) has grown in stature over the years with multiple venues and ever increasing number of cinelovers.

Recognized as a major film event in the country and abroad, the Kolkata Film Festival once again showcase a host of quality movies from around the world in the presence of prominent guests and the cine enthusiasts.

As for “The Precinct”, the film is a co-production of two countries, Azerbaijan (Narimanfilm) and Georgia (Georgianfilm and Bagira Films).

The co-production was developed within the framework of  Independent Filmmakers Association – South Caucasus (IFA-SC) training program. British screenwriter Clare Downs and French producer Cedomir Kolar were both consultants on this film project. The movie itself was directed by Azerbaijani, Ilgar Safat (you can check out the film’s page here on the festivals official website).

The story of “Precinct” is set in Baku (capital of Azerbaijan). Famous Azerbaijani photographer has to choose between accepting a valuable job offer in Africa or marrying his fiancee – a young, talented sculptor. He goes for the job, and postpones the wedding.

Later, during the quarrel, the photographer and his fiancee have a car accident along the road which leads to the ancient cave city of Gobustan. They later find themselves in a police precinct, where the photographer has to come to terms with his dread of women or he will not leave the precinct alive.

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  1. Great! the festival was awesome and I really liked the movies! What do you think was the best movie presented there?

  2. Well, to be honest, I haven’t seen any, including “Precinct”, yet heard a lot about it. In fact, the more of these film festivals are being organized – the better.

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