Second film - Development 2018

In the Caucasus Mountains, no one disobey the harsh code of the ancient village, which collective moral values are constructed in the image of nature, even if can drive the individual to act against his inborn nature. Even if freeing your parents’ soul means to abandon them on a mountain top to be devoured by vultures.

    • Year of production
    • 2018
    • Genres
    • Second film, Drama
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    • Budget
    • 0.3 - 0.6 M$
    • Duration
    • 100 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Imam HASANOV
    • Writer(s)
    • Imam HASANOV
    • Producer(s)
    • Synopsis
    • High in the Caucasus Mountain, ancient Zoroastrian pagan customs are still maintained by the inhabitants of an isolated village. When people reach the age of 70, their children are bringing them on a mountain top and leave them there with little food, until the vultures will liberate their souls from their flesh.
      Sarhan (35), the teacher of this forgotten in time village, doesn’t have the heart to follow the ritual and his hesitations are noticed and seen as suspicious by the rigid community, ready to punish his disobedience.
      Teacher Sarhan’s previous apprentice is Intigam (“Revenge”), a 20 years old orphan boy. Street-wise, cynical and temperamental, he rebelled against his teacher, gathered around him 4 smaller orphans aged 7 to 16 from the neighboring villages over whom he looks after with a tough love. They are forming a band and they are trying to survive, living in an abandoned bus in a scrape yard outside the village.
      Teacher Sarhan has a favorite disciple, Ali, a well behaved and conscientious son of a tradesman who wants to leave the village and continue his studies in the city. Both Ali and Intigam, the leader of the Orphan’s Gang are in love with the same girl: Turkan, the daughter of the wealthy head of the village. She is a perky girl attracted to both boys. Rivalry, passion and the confinements of the society will tragically leave their mark on the teenage love triangle. Their story and the teacher’s reluctance to follow the old traditional path are sequences from the life of extra ordinary characters that are challenging the unquestioned established order.
      This is a tale of love, death, revenge and disobedience, of dramatic collisions and large gestures. It confronts the way we are perpetuating certain rules and social customs without reflecting on them.
    • Partners & financing
    • EAVE B'EST 2015
      Nipcow Program 2016
      La Fabrique des Cinemas du Monde 2016
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Oct 15, 2017
    • End of shooting
    • Dec 15, 2017
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