added: Wed, Nov 16th '16
From Asif Kapadia, the director of the Oscar-winning documentary "Amy" and the Sundance-winning documentary "Senna," comes an old-fashioned epic about a Romeo and Juliet-like romance between a Muslim man and a Christian woman, who fall in love and marry during the onset of the First World War and the Russian Revolution.
Based on the 1937 novel by Kurban Said and adapted by "Atonement" screenwriter Christopher Hampton, "Ali and Nino" stars Adam Bakri (Omar) and Maria Valverde (Exodus: Gods and Kings) and co-stars Homeland's Mandy Patinkin and Wonder Woman's Connie Nielsen.
The film will be hitting select theaters and VOD this week, on November 18. Watch the trailer, above.
Set against the sweeping tide of history, this is the breathtaking tale of a romance that crosses political, geographic, and religious divides. Azerbaijan, 1918: though he is Muslim and she is Christian, Ali (Adam Bakri) and Nino (Maria Valverde) defy their parents and marry. At first it appears that their all-consuming love will be enough to overcome the differences in their backgrounds. But their bond is soon put the test, first as she confronts what it means to be a westernized woman living in a traditionalist society, and then again when everything they know is turned upside down by the arrival of World War I. Directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Asif Kapadia (Amy) from a script by Atonement screenwriter Christopher Hampton, Ali and Nino transports viewers to a land of awe-inspiring beauty and a time of great upheaval.
directed by Asif Kapadia
starring Adam Bakri, María Valverde, Mandy Patinkin, Connie Nielsen
release date November 18, 2016 (in theaters and on VOD)