According to Azerbaijani national “Oscars” committee member Ali Isa Jabbarov, the film has successfully passed the first stage.
The film has been sent to the U.S., by the committee’s order, since the film has been highly successful at International festivals and competitions.
On November 24th, 2011, the Fifth ceremony of Asia Pacific Screen Awards has been held in Australia, and Azerbaijani film “Buta” has been awarded in the “Best children’s feature film” category.
“Buta” is a story about a lonely 7 year old boy (named Buta), who lives in a mountain village with his grandmother. He is befriended by an old man, a liquid soap merchant who once loved (and lost) Buta’s grandmother. The old man’s friendship and wise advice helps Buta to overcome his difficulties in life.
Buta’s grandmother, in the meantime, is weaving a special carpet in memory of Buta’s mother. The carpet features a ‘buta’ pattern, which represents love. The boy is inspired by grandmother’s work, and decides to make his own “buta” made of rocks and stones, high on the top of the mountain…
Jabbarov said that “Buta” is among 40 other films that were included in the preliminary “Oscars” film list.
“First stage includes 40 movies, and the second one only twelve. In the end, there would be 5 films remaining,” Jabbarov said. “If we can hold on, and get Buta among those 12 films, this would be a great success, since the film has really been successful Internationally.”
The results of the next stage would be available in December. If Azerbaijani film does qualify to be presented at the next Oscars Academy Award, it has a good chance of winning the award.
Last year, Azerbaijan’s neighbor Iran won the Oscar for the best foreign film, with Asghar Farhadi’s film “A Separation”.
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