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Chameleon
a film by
Ru Hasanov & Elvin Adigozel

2013 - Azerbaijan/France/Russia
73mn, DCP 2.35
Color – Azeri with English or French subtitles


Awards / festivals
Locarno Filmmakers of the present 2013
Eurasia Almaty
Kinoshock Anapa (Russia)
Malatya (Turkey)
Tbilisi (Georgia)

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synopsis
Nijat, an emotionally empty young man, visits his childhood town of Goychay after years of living abroad. Enigmatic about his occupation but clear about his financial distress, he seeks an old family friend’s help to sell his deceased father’s house. Ali, a construction foreman from Baku, anticipates a significant career boost. Already appointed assistant to the regional manager of a major road construction unit, he intends to relocate to Goychay, along with his wife and baby son. In the meantime, he lives at his boss’ house and develops a close friendship with him. During the three days it takes to find a new owner for Nijat’s house, everyone involved in the transaction will have to challenge themselves with moral and ethical questions they never had to face before.

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Ru Hasanov was born on in 1987 in Baku, Azerbaijan. He graduated from Bates College (USA) in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in Theater. Prior to his career in film, he worked on television as production assistant and director of promo content. Since 2010, he has directed several documentaries and short films including Force majeure (2010) and Ô, sortie! (2010). Chameleon is his feature film debut.

Elvin Adigozel was born in Goranboy, Azerbaijan, in 1989. In 2009 he graduated in filmmaking from the State University of the Arts. From 2008 to 2010, he was employed by the Azerbaijani State Regional Television, from where he borrowed the equipment to direct his first three shorts, Dönüs (2008), She (2009) and Dumanda (2010). Chameleon is his first feature film.