Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 14
A film "Ali and Nino" was screened in Zagreb, Croatia with organization of the Azerbaijani Embassy in Croatia and Croatia-Azerbaijan Friendship Society.
The premiere of the film, produced by Vice-President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Leyla Aliyeva, was attended by officials of Croatia, high-ranking diplomats and ambassadors accredited in Zagreb, representatives of think tanks, public figures and the media.
Azerbaijani ambassador to Croatia Fakhraddin Gurbanov spoke about the historical significance of the film to be displayed. He thanked the film's creative team and hailed the great works done by film's executive producer Leyla Aliyeva.
The film was shot in various parts of Baku, as well as in the streets of the historical Old City, Gobustan, Khinalig, Ganja and Gadabay regions.
The film's cast is international, with Maria Valverde and Adam Bakri in the main roles.
Ali and Nino are upper-class teenagers living in Azerbaijan just before the outbreak of World War I. He is Muslim, and she is Christian-but despite their cultural differences, they love each other and get married despite the disapproval of their parents. When Ali takes her to spend several months in Persia, she realizes how much her freedom is being constrained. The clash between East and West and between traditional Muslim life and the twentieth-century independence of her upbringing is very striking. Then the Great War breaks out, and things take a turn for the worse.