Azerbaijani movie at Gold Movie Awards International Festival

Baku, January 5, AZERTAC

The Azerbaijani movie “The Steppe Man” (Cholchu) has been nominated for Goddess Nike Award of the Gold Movie Awards Film Festival.

The ceremony will be held in London on January 11.

The Steppe Man has already taken part in over 17 international film festivals and forums, and received a number of awards.

The Steppe Man, a feature film shot by Azerbaijani film director Shamil Aliyev, has an exciting plot. It is about a young steppe man who lives far from the cities, closely communicating with nature. He is taught by his father Ulu all the tricks of the prairie life. Shortly after his father’s death, a new chapter begins in his life as he meets a girl who came from the village. For him the acquaintance with her is a step into a large and therefore unknown life.

Creative work for the movie was done by script writer Vidadi Hasanov, director of photography Rafig Guliyev, production designers Rafig Nasirov and Ibrahim Khalil Aminov, composer Rauf Aliyev, and producers Mushvig Hatamov and Azer Guliyev.

The film stars Bahruz Vagifoglu, Vidadi Hasanov, Javidan Mammadov, Salome Demuria, Vusal Mehraliyev and others.

Steppe Man was presented at the XXI Open Film Festival of CIS countries, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, Kinoshock 2012 (Anapa, Russia), the VIII Eurasia International Film Festival (Almaty, Kazakhstan in 2012) and was awarded a diploma at the V International Film Festival Didor (Dushanbe, 2012). It was among the bidding entries at the XVI International Festival in Tallinn, Dark Nights (2012), was presented at the 35th Cairo International Film Festival (2012), the 13th Tbilisi International Film Festival (2012), the 24th Ankara International Film Festival (2013), and the International Film Forum “Golden Knight 2013” in Khabarovsk, Russia.

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Renault reveals plans for ex-FIA man Budkowski's role

Baku, January 5, AZERTAC

Renault has revealed details of its planned role for Marcin Budkowski, the ex-FIA Formula 1 technical director the French controversially hired to join its burgeoning F1 team for 2018, according to motorsport.com.

Following outcry from rival F1 teams that Budkowski could take their secrets with him to Renault, having had access to details of teams’ future developments in his previous role checking eligibility for the FIA, Renault agreed to delay Budkowski’s arrival at Enstone until April 1.

Renault insists Budkowski will not be involved in 2018 chassis development until that date, but says he joins Renault’s payroll in January, when he will begin work by learning Renault’s other motorsport activities and its corporate structure.

Renault F1 team boss Cyril Abiteboul said he understood his rivals’ fears concerning Budkowski’s appointment, but insists the ex-FIA man has not been hired simply to help Renault copy their ideas for its 2018 car.

“I can understand the scepticism of the teams, but we are not recruiting someone of the calibre of Marcin in a position of executive director just for what he knows of the other teams,” Abiteboul told Motorsport.com, saying he believed Renault had agreed a plan for Budkowski’s employment with the FIA that was “extremely fair with everyone”.

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Azercosmos makes presentation at BHOS

Baku, January 5, AZERTAC

Representatives of Azercosmos Open Joint Stock Company (OJSC) have made a presentation on “CanSat Azerbaijan 2018” competition at Baku Higher Oil School (BHOS). The presentation for BHOS students was made by head of Corporate Communications department Fidan Behbudova and Satellite Communications engineer Rustam Zeynalov. To be jointly organized by Azercosmos OJSC and Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Education, the contest offers students a unique opportunity to have a practical experience of a real space project.

CanSat is a simulation of a real satellite, integrated within the volume and shape of a soft drink can. The challenge is to fit all the major subsystems into this minimal volume. The CanSat is then launched to an altitude of a few hundred meters to carry out a scientific experiment and achieve a safe landing. Aimed at motivation of students in aerospace technology, the international CanSat competition has been held annually since 1998 with the support of NASA, American Astronautical Society (AAS), American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), as well as leading aerospace companies.

The representatives of Azercosmos OJSC briefed the students on the “CanSat Azerbaijan 2018” competition, which consists of seven stages. The event then featured the question and answer session.

The CanSat competition to be held in Azerbaijan in 2018 is aimed at raising students’ awareness of, and interest in, national satellite projects with the purpose to have more experienced teams, which are able to represent Azerbaijan at international CanSat competitions.

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'Estonia can join the North-South transport route'

Baku, January 5, AZERTAC

“Both Azerbaijan and Estonia sit at the crossroads of trade routes. Estonia can join the North-South transport route,” said

Chargé d’Affaires of Estonia to Azerbaijan Indrek Kiverik as he highlighted the possibilities in the field of transport and logistics.

“For Azerbaijan, Estonia is a jumping-off place for the Scandinavian market,” Kiverik said.

Pointing to the year’s results of the Estonia’s presidency in the EU, Indrek Kiverik noted that Azerbaijan has revitalized its efforts for signing a new agreement on strategic cooperation that forms the European direction, and agenda.

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Azerbaijan, Bahrain discuss future cooperation prospects

Ar-Riyadh, January 5, AZERTAC

Azerbaijani ambassador to Saudi Arabia Rasim Rzayev has paid a working visit to the Kingdom of Bahrain to discuss the ways of developing cooperation between Azerbaijan and Bahrain.

During his visit Rasim Rzayev met with Undersecretary for International Affairs of Bahrain’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Abdullah bin Ahmad Al Khalifah, Minister of Industry, Commerce, and Tourism Zayed bin Rashid Alzayani, Interior Minister Shaikh Rashid bin Abdullah Al Khalifa, and Chairman of the Bahraini Chamber of Commerce and Industry Khalid Abdulrahman Almoayed.

At the meeting with undersecretary of Bahrain’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the sides hailed the level of Azerbaijan-Bahrain bilateral relations, and exchanged views on the development of cooperation in a variety of areas.

Ambassador Rzayev thanked the government of Bahrain for adopting resolutions condemning Armenia’s military aggression against Azerbaijan, demanding the liberation of occupied territories and the return of IDPs to their native lands, as well as for constantly supporting Azerbaijan’s stance within the international organizations, including the UN and the OIC.

The meeting with Minister of Industry, Commerce, and Tourism featured discussions on the development of cooperation between the two countries in trade and tourism fields. They also exchanged views on the launch of direct flights between the cities of Baku and Manama.

At the meeting with Bahraini interior minister, the sides discussed the development of cooperation between the two countries’ ministries of internal affairs.

The meeting with chairman of the Bahraini Chamber of Commerce and Industry focused on the issues relating to cooperation between the chambers of commerce and industry of Azerbaijan and Bahrain. They also discussed the ways of developing relations between the two countries’ companies in the field of agriculture and food industry, and increasing the bilateral trade.

Asya Hajizade

Special Correspondent

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