THE LESSON
Filmfest 2016

German Age Rating

Recommended for ages 8 and up

At school they called him “Hippo“. But Xalid does everything so his fellow students will like him. He may not be the best football player, but he can write beautiful poetry. In a pinch, he can distract the teacher until she forgets the math quiz. Luckily he has a grandpa at his side to help him out, and then there’s a girl who likes him and get his classmates to change their minds.

tags: Loneliness, Family, Humor, Crisis/Revolution, Feature film

Cast: Tamerlan Aghayev, Aliya Aliyeva, Rashid Aliyev, Ayna Zarbaliyeva, Mansura Ahmadova

Credits

Screenplay: Elza Aghayeva, Anastasiya Volkova

Director of Photography: Rauf Gurbanaliyev

Film Editor: Elshad Rahimov

Composer: Tunzala Aghayeva

Production Designer: Fikrat Alakbarov

Costume Design: Aygun Mahmudova

Sound: Mehman Nadirov

Producer: Mushfig Hatamov

Production Company: Azerbaijanfilm Studio

World Sales: Azerbaijanfilm Studio

Director: Rafig Aliyev, Cavid Tevekkul

biography

Rafig Aliyev was born in Fuzuli, Azerbaijan 1949. He is an actor and director for film and theater. He studied directing at Leningrad State University of Culture and Arts, and musical and comedy acting at Azerbaijan State Institute of Culture and Arts. His acting and stage directing career dates back to 1976. He was awarded the Honored Artist of Azerbaijan Republic Award in 1990. (first photo)

Cavid Tevekkul was born in Tartar, Azerbaijan 1974. He is a screenwriter and director. He attended Tartar Tourism Academy (1992-1997) before studying directing at Rustam Ibrahimbeyov’s International Film School (2007-2010) and Moscow First International Film School (2009). He has written and directed several Azeri TV movies and docs: JAVAD KHAN – FILM OF THE FILM (2008), THE FAN (2008), 10000 AZN (2008), THE GIFT (2009), MY DEAR FELLINI (2010). (second photo)