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Ali and Nino (film)

Ali and Nino (Əli və Nino) is a 2016 British war film, based on Kurban Said's novel of the same name. The film is written by Christopher Hampton[3] and directed by Asif Kapadia.[4] It stars Maria Valverde[5] and Adam Bakri.[6] The film received mixed to negative reviews.

Ali and Nino
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Directed byAsif Kapadia
Produced by
Written byChristopher Hampton
Based onAli and Nino
by Kurban Said
Music byDario Marianelli[1]
CinematographyGökhan Tiryaki
Edited byAlexander Berner
Release date
Running time
104 min.
CountryUnited Kingdom
  • English
  • Azerbaijani
  • Russian
Budget$20 million [2]


During the Russian Empire, Ali and Nino fall in love. Ali is a Muslim from Azerbaijan who lives in the oil-rich city of Baku, in the family's Shirvanshir Palace. Nino is a Georgian Orthodox Christian whose wealthy Kipiani family also lives in Baku. Ali's friend, Malik, agrees to help bring the aristocratic parents to accept a marriage. World War I breaks out in Europe.

Malik and Nino go to the opera, while Ali and Nino agree to secretly meet afterward. Armenian Malik has also fallen in love with Nino and kidnaps her planning his own marriage to her. Prince Ali confronts and kills Malik with a dagger. Ali is injured during the fight and escapes to Dagestan to heal and hide out from Malik's powerful Nachararyan family. The Russian Revolution deposes Nicholas II of Russia.

Tamar is afraid no one will ever marry her daughter Nino and plans to send her to Moscow. Others have their own plans. Ever loyal Mustafa reunites Nino and Ali in the mountains. After a night of lovemaking and with Nino's virginity gone, Ali yells out to call a Mullah. Mustafa assures the couple no priest is necessary for he can perform the marriage ceremony. Despite aristocratic childhoods, simple country life suits the newlyweds and they find true happiness. The Azerbaijan Democratic Republic wins its own independence.

Ali returns to Baku and gets appointed Deputy Foreign Minister. He begins to raise his young family in a free homeland. The young country signs friendship treaties with its neighbors but they fear the Bolsheviks in Russia. Learning that the Russians have amassed 30,000 troops on the border, the Azerbaijan government flees by train. As Nino and their daughter head toward Paris, Ali jumps off the train and blows up the bridge. Nino is safe but Ali gets shot and killed defending his country.

Epilogue text states that Ali Khan Shirvanshir died aged 24, Prime Minister Fatali Khan was assassinated 6 weeks later, it was 71 years before, in 1991, Azerbaijan reclaimed its independence, and Nino and her daughter escaped to Paris, but never returned to Baku.



Most of the film was shot in Azerbaijan, Turkey, Georgia and Russia.[7]


The film received mostly mixed-to-negative reviews. It holds a 40% rating on the film review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes from a sample of 10 critics.[8] The Los Angeles Times said, 'Kapadia treats intimacy like exposition — time-passage updates mark every scene — leaving his leads to flounder against backdrops. There’s zero chemistry or feeling to this sweeping, predictable endeavor, only the scent of what might have been.'[9]


  1. ^ "Dario Marianelli to Score Laika's 'Kubo and the Two Strings'". Retrieved 7 October 2016.
  2. ^ "Box office / business for Ali and Nino". Retrieved 7 October 2016.
  3. ^ "Christopher Hampton to adapt 'Ali and NinoTemplate:’", Diana Lodderhose, Variety, 9 January 2012.
  4. ^ U.K. Director Asif Kapadia to Helm 'Ali and Nino' From PeaPie Films, Patrick Brzeski, The Hollywood Reporter, 19 May 2013
  5. ^ Maria Valverde to star in 'Ali & Nino',, 9 January 2015
  6. ^ История любви Али и Нино вскоре появится на больших экранах, Елена Остапенко,, 27 August 2014
  7. ^ Maria Valverde Joins ‘Ali & Nino'; Principal Photography To Begin In February, Ali Jaafar,, 8 January 2015
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