Gabil returns home to the humble family farmstead, surrounded by an orchard of venerable pomegranate trees; since his sudden departure twelve years ago he was never once in contact. However, the deep emotional scars he left behind cannot be erased from one day to the next.

Director's Biography

Ilgar Najaf was born on 2 March 1975 in the Ararat region of the Armenian Republic (USSR). After ethnic conflicts in 1988 (when we has 13), he and his family wereforcibly expelled from Armenia and became refugees. In 1997 he graduated the Azerbaijan State University of Arts, film directors' faculty. In 2004 he established the film studio Buta Film where he produced a number of films as a producer as well as director.

2011 - BUTA
2009 - THEATRICAL LIFE, short

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Ilgar Najaf

Written by: Asif Rustamov, Ilgar Najaf, Roelof-Jan Minneboo

Produced by: Mushfiq Hatamov, Ilgar Najaf

Cinematography: Ayhan Salar

Editing: Elmir Hasanov

Production Design: Rafig Nasirov

Costume Design: Elfira Mammedova

Make-Up & Hair: Elbrus Vahidov

Original Score: Firuddin Allahverdi

Sound Design: Teymur Kerimov, Stephan Konken

Visual Effects: Asif Rustamov, Ayhan Salar

Animation: Rza Venus

Cast: Gurban Ismayilov (Grandfather Shamil), Ilaha Hasanova (Sara), Semimi Farhad (Gabil), Hasan Agayev (Jamal)

Nominations and Awards

  • Feature Film Selection 2018