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End of Season (15*) + ScreenTalk with director Elmar Imanov

New East Cinema

close up faces of a man and a woman with her eyes closed, with him leaning over her

A family on the verge of falling apart pays a life-changing trip to the beach in this haunting Azerbaijani drama from debut director Elmar Imanov.

Mother Fidan, father Samir and son Machmud form an uneasy family unit in Baku, Azerbaijan, as each seeks independence and self-identity, yet feel trapped and unfulfilled. A dramatic incident at a family beach trip changes the family dynamic, and they are forced to evaluate their relationships to each other.

Elmar Imanov’s compelling debut features excellent performances from his cast, especially Mir-Movsum Mirzazade as the angry, vulnerable son. End of Season is an excellent study of alienation and mutual incomprehension, with echoes of Michelangelo Antonioni’s L'Avventura.

Azerbaijan/Georgia/Germany 2019 Dir Elmar Imanov 92 min

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