At the 15th International Short Film Festival held in Izmir Azerbaijani “THE LAST ONE” film was recognized as the Best Foreign Film of the year. 1,100 short films from 63 countries took part at the festival this year. Of them, only 10 films were represented in the final. Along with the films got into the finals, 200 short films have been demonstrated to the local and foreign spectators at the festival which lasted 5 days. It should be noted that the Izmir Festival is considered the most prestigious short film festival in Turkey, and every year up to 8,000 spectators participate in it.
2014 is celebrated as the 100th anniversary of the Turkish cinema, and for this reason the 15th Izmir International Short Film Festival this year has a special significance. The Festival jury consisted of famous domestic and foreign cinema professionals. The winners had been announced at a ceremonial Gala-Evening. “The Last One” film was recognized as the winner taking the first place in the category of Best Foreign Film, and won the festival "Golden Cat" award. The prize was awarded by the head of the Izmir municipality to the Director of Public Relations of the “Buta” Arts Center Fuad Hatamov.
The president of the jury of the Izmir Festival, the famous Turkish director Tunch Basharan said about “The Last One” film: "The film has been done on a very high level of professionalism. It can be felt in every detail - the work of the director and operator, as well as a deep emotional sense and beautiful music of the film. Despite the presence of other exquisite foreign films in the final, “The Last One” has made a lasting impact on us. I believe it is primarily the result of a great work of the film's producers. I congratulate all the staff of the film with this wonderful victory. "
“The Last One” was directed by Sergei Pikalov, operator of the film is Denis Madishev, producers are Nasib Piriyev and Mariya Ivanova. The main roles in the film were played by Azerbaijan actors Idris Rustamov and George Kafarov.
It should be noted that 2014 became a remarkable year for the “Buta” Arts Center. For the first time in the history “The Last One” film produced and made by the Russian-Azerbaijani team entered the main contest program of the Cannes Film Festival. The philosophical parable "The Last One" being the joint production of the “Buta Films” and Azerbaijanfilm film studios earned the highest scores of the professionals abroad.
The shooting of this profound and original drama has been performed in Shabran city, Sura village located 120 km from Baku. "THE LAST ONE" is not just a film. This is a story of success of young producers - Maria Ivanova and Nasib Piriyev (“Buta Films” film studio). The professionals who shot over 80 films and cyclic broadcasts, and formed in the field of producing documentaries have assayed their strength for the first time in the sphere of feature films and immediately become the participants of the Cannes Film Festival.
Since May 2014, "The Last One" film continues its journey through the major festivals of the world. At the International Short Film Festival in Sao Paulo (Brazil) "The Last One" was awarded by the SESc TV channel as the best debut film of 2014. 20-Palm Springs International Short Film Festival, 36-Moscow International Film Festival, Kinotavr, Big Sur International Short film Screening Series, Film Festival della Lessinnia, 25 San Paolo International Short Film Festival, Aye-Aye Film Festival Nancy Lorraine, Voices 2014 Koroche, Sarajevo Film Festival, Batumi International Art-House Film Festival, Athens International Film Festival, Bridge Film Fest Kosovo, SHNIT Film Festival, International Short Film Festival Cyprus, Asiana Int Short Film Festival, International Short Film Festival COURTS DEVANT, Singapore International Film festival - this is a list of festivals in which the film participated or will participate.
The «Buta Films» studio is one of directions of the "Buta" Arts Centre’s activities. This is a creative team of like-minded persons which includes professionals who consider the popularization of Azerbaijani culture worldwide as their priority task. This is the main aim of "Buta" Arts Centre. The variety of the already implemented projects and just getting ready to see the light ones - festivals, exhibitions, concerts, films - is dedicated namely to this task.