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Frenchman Alain, an international auditor, has come to assess the airport in a self-proclaimed republic in the Caucasus, with a view to approving its reopening. Edgar, a local boy, wanders around the airport, involved in a strange trade. The man and the child end up meeting one another...

  • Year
    2020
  • Runtime
    100 minutes
  • Language
    French, Armenian, Russian, English
  • Country
    France, Armenia, Belgium
  • Note
    When French auditor Alain Delage (Grégoire Colin) is sent to the remote breakaway state of Nagorno-Karabakh to make an official recommendation about the feasibility of a new airport that would open this troubled region in the South Caucasus to air traffic after decades of war and international isolation, he is drawn into the struggles of a proud and willful people living on hope alone and begins to defy his regulations to help them achieve their goals. Armenian-born writer-director Nora Martirosyan’s extraordinary debut combines a precise, subtle depiction of a complex geo-political situation with a poetic, sensual evocation of life in a place where the outside world is little more than a threat of gunfire but the dream of a better future is inextinguishable. With its gleaming new airport waiting for airplanes that may never arrive and an invisible but lethally dangerous border lying somewhere over the hills, the self-proclaimed republic of Nagorno-Karabakh appears caught in such painfully absurd circumstances that some viewers might think—or hope—that it is a fictional state. Sadly, Nora Martirosyan’s captivating first feature is as factual as it is timely: in the fall of 2020, Armenia and Azerbaijan went to war over the region, leading to thousands of deaths and mass displacement.
  • Director
    Nora Martirosyan
  • Screenwriter
    Nora Martirosyan, Emmanuelle Pagano, Olivier Torres, Guillaume André
  • Cast
    Grégoire Colin