Ali and Nino

Synopsis: Ali is an upper class Muslim man, whose family holds a great deal of power in Baku, Azerbaijan. At that time, before World War One, Azerbaijan was part of the Russian Empire. Nino, Ali's lover, is from neighboring Georgia and is christian, but the two are deeply in love and elope to the countryside. The story follows the two, who get married, through World War One, which only sees some of Ali's friends sent off to war. After the Russians surrender, however, conflict comes to Baku. Ali fights the Bolsheviks with the Azerbaijani militia and Nino helps nurse wounded soldiers during the March Days massacre in Baku.
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Director(s): Asif Kapadia
Production: IFC Films
Rotten Tomatoes:
100 min

the sultan of the Ottoman Empire...

And who are Russia's allies?

The king of England, the king of Serbia,

the king of the Belgians,

the president of the French Republic,

and the emperor of Japan.

I know, when our family ruled this country,

how many of them fought

and died on the battlefield.

Your father, your grandfather.

And I feel part of that.

But why should I fight for one

Christian monarch against another?

Why should I fight for Russia's

cause, whatever it may be?

We've grown used to thinking

of ourselves as part of Russia.

We are not.

They invaded us a hundred years ago

and took away our family's power.

We are an occupied country.

Believe me, Father, I shall be proud

to die in battle when the time comes.

But this is not our fight.

You're crazy.

You mean you're going to pass up

this wonderful opportunity?

Ilyas, we're here,

and the front line will be around here...

2,000 miles away in Belgium.

If we get to fight at all, it will

most probably be against the Turks,

our cousins... why should I want to do that?

For the glory.

Listen, do you care who wins this war?

No, not in the least.

- You just want to fight.

- Yes, I want to be a soldier.

I've always wanted to be.

I'm sorry, I don't understand.

You'll be jealous when you see me

in my officer's uniform, Ali.

I'm sure you'll both

be brave officers, but why?

It will be an adventure.

That's the important thing.

What do you think, Seyid?

I'm with you.

I don't think this war

is any of our business.

At least I won't have to go back to school.


When will you go and see him?

My father?


Your Excellency can assure the czar

there will be no interruption in

the oil supply in the coming months.

There is even scope for an increase.

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Christopher Hampton

Christopher James Hampton, CBE, FRSL (born 26 January 1946) is a British playwright, screenwriter, translator and film director. He is best known for his play based on the novel Les Liaisons dangereuses and the film version Dangerous Liaisons (1988) and also more recently for writing the nominated screenplay for the film adaptation of Ian McEwan's Atonement. more…

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