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Asif Kapadia Shoots Azerbaijan-set ‘Ali & Nino’ from Christopher Hampton’s Screenplay

23 February 2015 4:29 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Director Asif Kapadia has started to shoot “Ali & Nino,” which is produced by Kris Thykier, and adapted from Kurban Said’s novel by Christopher Hampton. Im Global is handling international sales.

Adam Bakri (“Omar”) and Maria Valverde (Ridley Scott’s “Exodus: Gods and Kings”) will star as the titular star-crossed lovers, and will be joined by a cast that includes Mandy Patinkin (“Homeland,” “Criminal Minds,” “The Princess Bride”) and Connie Nielsen (“Nymphomaniac,” “Gladiator”), playing Nino’s parents Gregor and Tamar Kipiani.

Other cast include Riccardo Scamarcio (“Loose Canons,” “My Brother Is an Only Child”), Homayoun Ershadi (“Zero Dark Thirty,” “The Kite Runner”), Fakhraddin Manafov (“Try Not to Breathe,” “Good Bye, Southern City”), Assaad Bouab (“Days of Glory,” “Whatever Lola Wants”), Numan Acar (“Homeland”) and Halit Ergenc (“1001 Nights”).

Ali Khan and Nino Kipiani live in Baku, the cosmopolitan, oil-rich capital of Azerbaijan, which, at the beginning of the 20h century, »

- Leo Barraclough

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Morocco’s Nabil Ayouch Ups his Commitment to Exploring the Roots of Terrorism (Exclusive)

17 January 2015 10:30 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In the wake of the early January terrorist attacks in Paris, renewed attention is currently being placed on Arab filmmakers who try to explore the roots of religious-inspired terrorism.

One of the key Arab filmmakers willing to tackle these issues is Morocco’s best-known international director, Nabil Ayouch, who operates out of Paris and Casablanca.

His most recent film, “Horses of God”, challenged religious fundamentalism. He depicted the lives of four kids from the slums who became suicide bombers in the 2003 Casablanca terrorist attack that left 45 dead. The pic was co-financed by France’s Pierre Ange Le Pogam and Wild Bunch, unspooled in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard in 2012 and was Morocco’s official entry for the 86th Academy Awards and the country’s first-ever Golden Globes entry.

Ayouch’s initial reaction to Variety after the Charlie Hebdo slaughter was categorical: “It’s a sad day. I’m still very shocked. »

- Martin Dale

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