By Laman Ismayilova
"Red Garden" film by Azerbaijani director Mirbala Salimli was awarded Best Feature Film at "Spiritual Films" contest within the 15th Dhaka International Film Festival.
The main award was presented by a jury from Canada, Iceland, Italy, Kyrgyzstan and Philippines, Trend Life reported.
The film tells the story of a provincial teacher from blue blood, Abbas. ? desperate desire of having his own son makes him so indifferent to orphan in his custody and even to deadlock situation of his beloved spouse Vafa. But everything changes, when he himself causes Vafa’s death. Now in the otherworld Abbas is craving to have back all the things that he couldn’t protect in this world…
Cast includes Magsud Mammadov, Gulzar Gurbanova, and Taleh Badiyev. A film was co-produced by AzerbaijanFilm Company and White Media, (Russia).
Notably, Red Garden has been nominated for award “Best film of CIS and Baltic countries” at the 30th Nika awards ceremony in Russia, as well as invited to the "Ambitious debut" of Austrian LET'S CEE Film Festival.
The feature film was screened at Kazakhstan’s 12th Eurasia, Germany’s 65th Mannheim-Heidelberg, Egypt’s 38th Cairo, Turkey’s 5th “Van Lake” and Bulgaria’s 9th “Sofia MENAR” international film festivals.
The “Red Garden” represented Azerbaijan at the 7th European Film Festival held in Baku.