Magazine article Screen International

Asif Kapadia's 'Ali & Nino', First Look

Magazine article Screen International

Asif Kapadia's 'Ali & Nino', First Look

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The first still for feature film adaption Ali & Nino has been released. Currently shooting in Azerbaijan, the adaption of the global best selling novel is being directed by BAFTA-winning Asif Kapadia (The Warrior, Senna), from a screenplay by Christopher Hampton (Dangerous Liaisons, Atonement).

Produced by Kris Thykier (Trash, Woman in Gold) and executive produced by Leyla Aliyeva, IM Global will handle international sales.

Adam Bakri (Omar) and María Valverde (Exodus: Gods and Kings) star as the titular star crossed lovers, and are joined by an international cast including Mandy Patinkin ('Homeland') and Connie Nielsen (Nymphomaniac), playing Nino's parents Gregor and Tamar Kipiani.

Other cast include Riccardo Scamarcio, Homayoun Ershardi, Fakhraddin Manafov, Assaad Bouab, Numan Acar and Halit Ergenc.

Since its initial publication in 1937, Kurban Said novel Ali & Nino has been translated into 33 languages worldwide with nearly 100 reprints. …

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