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SEEfest17 Feature Program: Inner City
May 1 @ 9:30 pm - 11:30 pm
West Coast Premiere
Director: Ilgar Safat
Producer: Mushvig Hatamov
Duration: 120 minutes
Q&A with writer and actress Tahmina Rafaella after the screening.
Arzu, a young girl growing up in contemporary Azerbaijan, falls in love with Rafael, her piano teacher, twice her age and veteran of the war. They both wish to escape the repressive society they live in but will be forced to make an ultimate choice and sacrifice.
An Azerbaijani film and theatre director, Ilgar Safat’s short films and documentaries have been screened and awarded prizes at various film festivals around the world. His first feature film, The Precinct, was Azerbaijan’s entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 83rd Academy Awards. A second feature that he directed Inner City continues to be screened and compete at various international film festivals. It won the Best Actress for Tahmina Rafaella at Lake Van International Film Festival in Turkey.