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Azerbaijan, 2012, 98 Minute Running Time
Topics: Art/Architecture/Film, Asian, Family Friendly
Program: Awards Buzz : Best Foreign Language Film
Language: Azerbaijani English Sub-Titles

“Buta” is a symbol representing “love” in Azerbaijani culture and here it refers to both director Ilgar Najaf’s lonely seven-year-old protagonist and a traditional pattern being woven into a carpet – a life-long work – by Buta’s grandmother as a lasting tribute to Buta’s deceased mom. Living in a mountain village and harassed by the local bully, Buta finds solace in his relationship with an elderly soap salesman who long ago loved Buta’s grandmother. Inspired by his surrogate grandfather’s dream of restoring the old mill, Buta has a dream of his own – to create a “buta” pattern out of stones on the top of a mountain so that airline passengers can see it and be amazed…

Najaf’s simple and elegant tale is a lovely illustration of how art, love and life are inextricably intertwined and how each feeds off the other. Buta’s world, though seemingly circumscribed by its isolation, is as vast as his imagination allows. And that imagination – fed by stories, love and cultural history – is brought to life through Najaf’s sensitive, understated handling of Buta’s awakening.

DIRECTOR: Ilgar Najaf
Producer: Ilgar Najaf, Xamis Muradov
Editor: Guishan Salimova
Screenwriter: Ilgar Najaf
Cinematographer: Giorgi Beridze
Music: Javnshir Guliyev
Filmography: Debut Feature
Print Source: Nariman Film - www.narimanfilm.az

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