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
 
IMDB:
7.1
Metacritic:
50
Rotten Tomatoes:
33%
NOT RATED
Year:
2016
100 min
Website
21 Views

Prince Ali Khan.

I'm afraid it has to be admitted

that, regrettably,

war is extremely good for business.

As you may know, our family were rulers

in this region for nearly 700 years.

Yes.

We have retained enough property in

the city to make us financially secure.

I don't doubt it.

So...

Yes?

I have the honor to ask Your Highness'

permission to marry Princess Nino.

This is genuinely an honor, Ali Khan,

not only for Nino but for our entire family.

However...

I can't help feeling she's still

rather young to marry,

to say nothing of the differences

in background

and in, uh, religion.

I'm...

Sure this is also of concern to your father.

No.

I've discussed it with him.

Well, anyway, main thing is,

the world has embarked

on a terrible and unpredictable war.

I think we should wait to see its outcome.

Don't you agree?

Ali Khan.

Are you all right?

What's the matter?

How dare he?

A hundred years ago, a Kipiani would have

kissed my feet for such an opportunity.

My father will laugh at me.

- He didn't actually say no.

- The end of the war.

This war could go on for 20 years.

- What will you do?

- We'll run away together.

You mean kidnap her?

Well, I'm not against the idea.

It's the traditional way

to settle problems of this kind,

but it should be

the last resort, shouldn't it?

I think...

someone should explain to Prince Kipiani

what a wonderful marriage this would be

for all kinds of political

and cultural reasons.

Who is going to do that?

I can. Leave it to me.

Thank you.

Why did you say the end of the war?

I don't think there is

any need to rush into it.

Everyone says it will be over by Christmas.

But how do you know?

Nobody knows how long it's going to last.

I thought it would be good for you

to have some thinking time.

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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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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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