End of Season

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    End of Season

    Ende der Saison

    Directed by

    Germany, Azerbaijan, Georgia

    2019

    94 min

    • Azerbaijani

    Drama

    A small family in Azerbaijan is on the brink of running its course. Son Machmud feverishly seeks a home of his own; mother Fidan wants her life back after years of service to the family; father Samir just wants to be left alone. Three free spirits orbiting each other, ignoring the annoyances as much as possible. However, a dramatic incident during a trip to the beach painfully highlights the hairline fractures in their existence.
    Azerbaijan-born director Elmar Imanov lives and studied filmmaking in Germany and his debut opens with a brief homage: a melancholy cover of Nena's 99 Red Balloons. Imanov uses this family as an astute metaphor for what happens when freedom becomes the only goal, but then serves as cover for alienation and mutual incomprehension. The film masterfully navigates between the three characters and portrays them as complete strangers and inseparable 'partners in crime' at once.

    Awards

    • FIPRESCI Award - IFF Rotterdam

    Festivals

    Labels & Line Ups

    Credits

    Cast
    Rasim Jafarov
    Zulfiyye Gurbanova
    Mir-Mövsüm Mirzazade
    Screenplay
    Anar Imanov
    Elmar Imanov
    Cinematography
    Berta Valin Escofet
    Driss Azhari
    Editing
    Ioseb 'Soso' Bliadze
    Sales
    PLUTO FILM
    Production
    COLOR OF MAY

    Press

    Elmar Imanov

    Elmar Imanov

    Azerbaijan

    Azerbaijan-born filmmaker Elmar Imanov (1985) is currently based Cologne, where he studied Directing at the internationale filmschule köln (ifs). His graduation film THE SWING OF THE COFFIN MAKER (2012) was presented at more than 120 film festivals and won 42 awards worldwide, among which the Student Oscar. His follow-up short TORN (2014) had its world premiere at Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes. Both films were produced by Eva Blondiau, with whom he founded the production company COLOR OF MAY.

    Selected Filmography