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01 March 2024 [17:55] - Today.Az

Laman Ismayilova

Azerbaijani cinema has been enriched by the remarkable contributions of Honored Artist Shamil Mahmudbayov, who left an indelible mark on the industry.

Shamil Mahmudbayov's films have captivated audiences with their unique storytelling and compelling narratives.

The Azerbaijan State Film Fund has celebrated the 100th anniversary of Mahmudbayov's birth, recognising his significant impact on Azerbaijani cinema, Azernews reports.

As part of the event, a photo exhibition was organised reflecting the life and work of the film director with the support of the Culture Ministry and the Cinema Agency.

Director of the Azerbaijan State Film Fund, Honoured Artist Jamil Guliyev, who spoke at the event, noted that he remembered Shamil Mahmudbayov as a modest person and a professional director. Films created by the talented director, including "Romeo is my neighbor", "Chernushka," and others, were included in the golden fund of Azerbaijani cinema.

People's Artist Ogtay Mirgasimov, Honoured Artists Aydin Kazimzade and Nizami Abbas, actor Arif Karimov, and producer Rasim Hasanov shared their memories of the film director.

Shamil Mahmudbayov has worked at the Azerbaijanfilm film studio since 1955.

Mahmudbayov is the director of a number of documentaries and short and full-length feature films like "Equal bread" (1969), "Life tests us" (1971) as well as "Dervish blows up Paris" (1976), shot together with Kamil Rustambayov.

In 1969, Shamil Mahmudbayov was awarded the State Prize of the Azerbaijan SSR and, in 1976 - the title of Honoured Artist of the Azerbaijan SSR.

In addition to directing, Mahmudbayov also played in feature films like "The Unconquered Battalion" (1965), "Scream" (1993), etc.

At the end of the event, the film "Man" was shown, the latest work of the film director.

The unfinished film was completed in 2010 by the honoured artist Nizami Abbas at the New Wave Production Centre.

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