Asif Kapadia commences Ali and Nino shoot in Baku
by Naman Ramachandran
- Film based on bestselling 1937 novel
BAFTA-winning British director Asif Kapadia has commenced principal photography in Baku, Azerbaijan, on Ali and Nino [+see also:
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film profile], based on a bestselling 1937 novel by Kurban Said that has been translated into 33 languages and reprinted some 100 times. The titular Ali, played by Adam Bakri (Omar), is Muslim and Nino, played by María Valverde (Exodus: Gods and Kings), is Christian. Their love story plays out in Baku on the eve of the First World War and matters come to a head when they are caught up in the Russian Bolshevik Revolution. The cast also includes Mandy Patinkin (Wish I was Here) and Connie Nielsen (Nymphomaniac [+see also:
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Christopher Hampton, winner of both a BAFTA and an Oscar for his Dangerous Liaisons screenplay, has adapted Said’s novel. Kris Thykier (Trash [+see also:
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After he won 2nd place at the Cinefondation Awards, Cannes 1998, for short The Sheep Thief, Kapadia made an electrifying feature debut with The Warrior [+see also:
film profile] (2001) for which he won Best British Film and Most Promising Newcomer at the BAFTAs, the Sutherland Trophy at the British Film Institute Awards, the Douglas Hickox Award at the British Independent Film Awards, The Golden Hitchcock at Dinard and European Discovery of the Year at the European Film Awards, amongst numerous other accolades. For Senna [+see also:
film profile] (2010), he won the BAFTA for Best Documentary and the audience award in the same category at Sundance, in addition to a raft of other awards.