Ashik Kerib (Film)

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Ashik Kerib  (literally, “the strange lover”) is a 1988 Soviet art film directed by Dodo Abashidze from Georgia and Sergei Parajanov from Armenia that is based on the short story of the same name by Mikhail Lermontov. It was Parajanov’s last completed film and was dedicated to his close friend Andrei Tarkovsky, who had died two years previously. The film also features a detailed portrayal of Azerbaijani culture.

Winner of the 1988 Felix Award and 1990 Nika award for best cinematography. More info at &

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