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. 

Winner FIPRESCI Award, IFFR 2019.

Screenings

  • Sun 27 Jan Cinerama 4
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  • Mon 28 Jan Pathé 7
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  • Tue 29 Jan Cinerama 6
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  • Fri 1 Feb LantarenVenster 4
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  • Sat 2 Feb Pathé 2
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Original title
Ende der Saison
Filmmaker
Elmar Imanov
Premiere
World premiere
Country
Germany, Azerbaijan, Georgia
Year
2019
Medium
DCP
Length
92’
Language
Azerbaijani
Producer
Eva Blondiau
Production Company
COLOR OF MAY
Sales
Pluto Film Distribution Network GmbH
Writer
Anar Imanov, Elmar Imanov
Cinematography
Berta Valin Escofet, Driss Azhari
Editor
Ioseb 'Soso' Bliadze
Sound Design
Jascha Viehl, Holger Buff
Cast
Rasim Jafarov, Zulfiyye Gurbanova, Mir-Mövsüm Mirzazade