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SOURCE Buta Films

MOSCOW, May 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --

For the first time in history, Russia and Azerbaijan co-produce a short film which is selected for the world-famous Cannes Film Festival. The original Russian-Azerbaijani production SONUNCU (The Last One) about the last living World War II veteran, by Buta Films, is one of only 9 short films selected for the 67th Cannes Film Festival. This year, the Selection Committee received 3450 short film submissions from 128 countries.

SONUNCU is not simply a movie, it is a remarkable success story for young producers Maria Ivanova and Nasib Piriyev (Buta Films). Having shot and released over 80 documentaries, this accomplished duo has managed to gain entry into the most prestigious film festival in Europe with their first feature film. SONUNCU is their way of proving the benefit of driving a project forward, regardless of the potential challenges.

SONUNCU (The Last One) is a short feature film by Sergey Pikalov about the last living World War II veteran.  

Nasib Piriyev, Producer:

""The Last One" is our first feature film, invested with all of the professional expertise that we've gained from the documentary film industry. I am convinced that our success is not a result of pure chance; it's because our team brought a whole range of abilities and experience to this project. When we started making the film, none of us were thinking about winning competitions or awards, so it is all the more rewarding to be recognized by the Cannes Film Festival. For me personally, it was a point of honour to make my first feature film in my native country and to tell the audience, in a frank and truthful manner, what is really relevant to us: the lessons of the past, connection between generations, loneliness in old age, and the importance of living and breathing regardless of anything."

SONUNCU (The Last One) is a collaboration between Buta Films and Azerbaijanfilm. The 15-minute philosophical parable was shot in the village of Sura, near the town of Shabran, 120 km from Baku.

For the trailer and more info please visit https://www.facebook.com/sonuncu

The Cannes Film Festival short films selection

http://www.festival-cannes.com/en/article/60542.html

Notes for editor

Buta Films

Buta Films was founded in 2012 by young professionals Nasib Piriyev and Maria Ivanova. The company has a portfolio of over 80 documentaries and TV programs, including projects for BBC Two, Channel One, Russia and the Fifth Channel, St. Petersburg.

Most well known for documentaries, the company also produces projects in other genres. And with the benefit of this experience, the founders of Buta Films have now completed their first feature film.

The short feature, SONUNCU, gave widespread international acclaim to Buta Films, providing the opportunity for successful cooperation between Azerbaijan and Russia at the 67th Cannes Festival.

Contacts for press: media@butafilms.com

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