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

But we did it yesterday.

He said he loved it.

I'm so glad he clapped,

because if not it, would be...

Father, I want to get married.

You want me to find you a beautiful wife?

I want to marry Nino Kipiani.

Her hips are too slim, like all Georgians.


A woman's hips are more important

than her education, my son.

Remember that.

When do you want to marry?


I should like my grandson to be born in May.

It is a lucky month.

Why did you choose her?

I love her, Father.

Generally speaking,

loving a woman is not a good idea.


Ali Khan, congratulations on graduating.

It's a very well-deserved

celebration for you.

Will you be going on to study in Moscow?

I haven't decided.

May I ask you for this dance?



How much for the land, sir?

How big is your domain?

Well, sometimes I'm quite shy, but...

No, no.

May I?

- Yes, of course.

- Thank you.

- I'm Malik Nakhararyan.

- Oh. Nino Kipiani.

- Pleasure to meet you.

- Lovely to meet you.

I'm a very good friend of your father.

- Oh.

- We are in business together.

Thank you.

But we have to do that.

After all, it's the supply,

we have to control.

Well, at least we try to.

Prince Ali Khan, you are most welcome.

I am so sorry, but my train was late.

Not at all. Come and join us.

- Welcome here.

- Thank you.

I have just learned of your

ennoblement, Your Highness.

My sincere congratulations.

You are most kind. Thank you.

Thank you.

God is in our wine.

It can do you no harm.

Father, Ali Khan does not take alcohol.

It's against his religion.

On this occasion, I will make

an exception so I can toast Prince Kipiani.

Thank you, young man.

Prince Kipiani.

Prince Kipiani.

You must go and look at our gardens

after dinner, Ali Khan.

We have the most beautiful ancient trees.

Thank you, Your Highness,

but I came to visit you, not your trees.

What, you have something against trees?

Ali Khan is afraid of trees, Mr. Nakhararyan.

Not exactly, but what others feel

for trees, I feel for the desert.

The desert?

It's just scrub and sand.

That's what I love about it:

Its simplicity.

Maybe that's the difference

between East and West.

The desert asks for nothing,

promises nothing,

but the woods are full of questions.

- Well...

- Ali Khan.

Eagles come from the mountains

and tigers from the forest,

but nothing... nothing comes from the desert.

Lions and warriors come from the desert.

Lions and warriors.

And not to forget,

the source of our wealth, our oil.

Ali Khan.

I'm so happy you came.

I'm sorry I was late.

I was getting worried.

Who was that man sitting next to you?


He's from a very important Armenian family.

Your father's a prince now.

Does that make you a princess?

It does.

I think I love you, Ali Khan.

Even though I'm a princess.

Maybe you won't be one for very long.

What do you mean?

Don't you lose the title

when you get married?

Is that supposed to be a proposal?


Will you always love me, Ali Khan?


And will you stay with me, whatever

happens, and take no other wives?


Won't your father demand I become a Muslim?


I've always wanted to go to Paris,

more than anywhere in the world.

I promise I will take you

to Paris for our honeymoon.


will you marry me?

I will.

I will, Ali.



A telegram for you.

My dear son, the czar has seen fit

to declare war on various European monarchs.

Return at once to Baku

and be ready to do your duty.

Who's this war against?

The German kaiser, the Austrian emperor,

the king of Bavaria, the king

of Prussia, the king of Hungary,

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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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