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Cold as Marble
Asif Rustamov
Azerbaijan. 2022. 88 min

The hands of the tormented one-eyed Artist are directly linked to his soul and he touches death every day. The most desirable Sculptor made the first marble sculpture for the mysteriously passed Mother. He passionately loves the gorgeous, caring and adventurous Woman, who moonlights as the Museum Guide, the Singer, sometimes the Fortune Teller. The unfaithful woman is in an odd marriage and capable of anything. She tempts, fucks, provokes, confronts, and challenges the far too shy Painter as true femme fatale.

Monotonous life turns into a dangerously complicated affair after the unwelcomed return of the bullying hateful Father, convicted for murder, but unexpectedly released from prison. The former mining engineer seeks atonement in his own way, though he ultimately wishes to witness how the Son grows into a real man. The lively and eloquent old crook is embarrassingly certain that sometimes killing a person can also be a good deed.


Asif Rustamov was born in 1975 in Baku (Azerbaijan) and studied in private Economic University (1992-1995) and Azerbaijan State University of Culture and Art (2000-2004) – cinema department, film director faculty.
His filmography includes shorts and documentaries, which was participated and awarded in many international festivals. In 2014 he made his debut feature “Down the River” which was premiered in Karlovy Vary Film Festival, participated in many festivals and won several prizes.
Cofounder of the Association of Young Filmmakers of Azerbaijan, he is one of the founders of the film magazine “Focus”.