Romance Film, Drama film
| Christopher Hampton, Kurban Said (book)|
Halit Ergenc (Fatali Khan Khoyski), Maria Valverde (Nino Kipiani), Mandy Patinkin (Duke Kipiani), Connie Nielsen (Duchess Kipiani), Numan Acar (Seyid Mustafa)
Maria Valverde appears in Ali and Nino and The Weakness of the Bolshevik
Ali and Nino (film) Wikipedia
Ali and Nino is a 2016 British film based on Kurban Said's novel of the same name. The film is written by Christopher Hampton and directed by Asif Kapadia. Most of the film was shot in Turkey and Azerbaijan. The film's cast is international, with Maria Valverde and Adam Bakri in the main roles. The film is a quest for truth and reconciliation through a diverse comparison of Islam and Christianity, East and West, age and youth, and male and female.
During the Russian Empire, Ali and Nino fall in love. Ali is a Muslim from Azerbaijan and Nino is an Orthodox Christian from Georgia. Ali's best friend, Malik, agrees to help bring the aristocratic parents to accept a marriage. Ali lives in the oil rich city of Baku in the Shirvanshir Palace. Nino lives with her wealthy family in Tbilisi. World War I breaks out in Europe.
Malik and Nino go to the opera with Ali and Nino to secretly meet afterwards. Armenian Malik has also fallen in love with Nino and kidnaps her planning his own marriage to her. Prince Ali confronts and kills Malik with a dagger. Ali is injured during the fight and escapes to Dagestan to heal and hide out from Malik's powerful Nachararyan family. The Russian Revolution deposes Nicholas II of Russia.
Tamar is afraid no one will ever marry her daughter Nino and plans to send her to Moscow. Others have their own plans. Ever loyal Mustafa reunites Nino and Ali in the mountains. After a night of lovemaking and with Nino's virginity gone, Ali yells out to call a Mullah. Mustafa assures the couple no priest is necessary for he can perform the marriage ceremony. Despite aristocratic childhoods, simple country life suits the newlyweds and they find true happiness. The Azerbaijan Democratic Republic wins its own independence.
Ali returns to Baku and gets appointed Deputy Foreign Minister. He begins to raise his young family in a free homeland. The young country signs friendship treaties with its neighbors but they fear the Bolsheviks in Russia. Learning that the Russians have amassed 30,000 troops on the border, the Azerbaijan government flees by train. As Nino and their daughter head toward Paris, Ali jumps off the train and blows up the bridge. Nino is safe but Ali dies defending his country.Adam Bakri as Ali Khan Shirvanshir - Azerbaijani - MuslimMaría Valverde as Nino Kipiani - Georgian - ChristianRiccardo Scamarcio as Malik Nakhararyan - ArmenianHomayoun Ershadi as Safar Khan - Ali's fatherHalit Ergenç as Fatali Khan KhoyskiAssaad Bouab as Ilyas BeyNuman Acar as Seyid MustafaEkin Koç as Mehmed HeydarConnie Nielsen as Duchess Tamar Kipiani - Nino's MotherMandy Patinkin as Duke Gregor Kipiani - Nino's FatherParviz Mamedrzayev as QochuQurban Ismayilov as Kasi MullahJumshud Zeynalov as Yayha GuliFakhraddin Manafov as Zeynalabdin TaghiyevNigar Gulahmadova as Sona TaghiyevaParviz Bagirov as Musa NaghiyevDaniz Tajeddin as Darya - Nino's friend #1Khumar Salimova as Eka - Nino's friend #2Mehriban Zaki as Sultan HanumRasim Jafarov as Ivan
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