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Chameleon



Azerbaijan, 2012, - Color - 73

DIRECTED BY:
Ru Hasanov & Elvin Adigozel

CAST:
Farid Bahramov, Emin Seyfulla, Elvin Adigozel, Mubariz Khalilov, Vali Ibadov

SCREENPLAY:
Elvin Adigozel, Ru Hasanov

PHOTOGRAPHY:
Dadash Adna

EDITING:
Ru Hasanov

SOUND:
Eldar Ismayilov

PRODUCER:
Irada Bagirzade

PRODUCTION:
Adari Films

WORLD SALES:
Arizona Films (Guillaume de Seille)

STORY DESCRIPTION:

Nijat, an emotionally blank young man, visits his childhood town of Goychay after years of (allegedly) living abroad. Obscure about his occupation, but clear about his financial distress he seeks an old family friend’s help to sell his deceased father’s house. Ali, a construction foreman from Baku, anticipates a significant career boost. Already appointed assistant to the regional manager of a major road construction unit, he feels there is more to come and intends to relocate to Goychay, along with his wife and baby son. In the meantime, he lives at his boss’s house and develops a close friendship with him. It takes three days for the house to find its new owner. However, it is throughout these three days that Nijat, Ali (as well as everyone else involved in the “transaction”) must challenge themselves with the innermost moral and ethical questions and confront themselves in a way they hadn’t ever before.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

Rufat “Ru” HasanovBorn on 24/04/1987 in Baku, Azerbaijan. Graduated from Bates College, Lewiston, ME, USA in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theater and Film. Obtained a MFA degree in Filmmaking from the Higher Courses of Screenwriters and Directors, Moscow, Russian Federation. Worked for VBS.TV and New York City's weekly «The L Magazine». Author of a number of short films, screened and awarded at various film festivals worldwide. Participant at Berlinale Talent Campus #10 (2012). Throughout 2011 worked for Moscow's «RAIN» Television Channel (www.tvrain.ru) as director of promo content. Made a feature film debut with «Chameleon» along with fellow-director Elvin Adigozel. At the moment is employed as a film editor at one of Moscow's leading independent film production companies, while developing a screenplay for a feature film.Elvin AdigozelElvin Adigozel was born in Goychay, Azerbaijan on 18.11.1989. He graduated from the State University of the Arts in 2009 (major in filmmaking). From 2008 to 2010 he was employed by The Azerbaijani State Regional Television. He is the author of two short and two feature films, which have been screened at festivals abroad. Elvin is currently working on yet another feature film (“Far from Moscow”, co-producer Guillaume de Seille of Arizona Films, France).

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