Nabat (film)

Nabat (Azerbaijani: Nabat) is a 2014 Azerbaijani drama film directed by Elchin Musaoglu.[1] The story is set during an upsurge in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and revolves around an old, sick ex-forestry worker and his wife Nabat, whose son has died in battle.[2][3][4]

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Film poster
Directed byElchin Musaoglu
StarringFatemeh Motamed-Arya
Release date
  • 5 September 2014 (2014-09-05) (Venice)
Running time
105 minutes


Nabat and her ailing husband live in a small isolated house far from the nearest village but to which Nabat has to go every couple of days to sell milk from their only cow. As war approaches ever closer the village is slowly deserted and following her husband's death, Nabat is left all alone to fend for herself. Although the Azerbaijani Armed Forces have ordered the inhabitants to leave the village, she remains, and each evening lights lamps in some of the abandoned houses and village mosque, which dissuades the enemy forces from occupying it. Nabat's only company is a gray wolf which she traps one day, but then releases. Spying the wolf later, she asks: "And why do you remain here?". Later we see why - the wolf has cubs and so she, like Nabat, is keeping the future alive. When the Azeri military decide to re-take the village, which would allow the inhabitants to return, Nabat dies as the first winter snows fall, seated on the bench outside her home.


The film was selected as the Azerbaijani entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards, but was not nominated.[5][6]


  • Fatemah Motamed-Aria as Nabat
  • Vidadi Aliyev as Iskender
  • Sabir Mammadov as Major
  • Farhad Israfilov as Davud

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Nabat Elchin Musaoglu". labiennale. Archived from the original on 14 October 2014. Retrieved 10 October 2014.
  2. ^ "Film Review: 'Nabat'". Variety. Retrieved 21 March 2022.
  3. ^ "Lonely Wolves, Collective Wars". Retrieved 21 March 2022.
  4. ^ "'Nabat': Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 21 March 2022.
  5. ^ "Azerbaijani film presented to Oscar". Retrieved 10 October 2014.
  6. ^ "Azerbaijani movie to bid for 2014 foreign language film Oscar award". Retrieved 12 October 2014.

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