Screen can unveil the first trailer for Hilal Baydarov’s Crane Lantern, which is set to world premiere in the main competition at the 2021 Tokyo international Film Festival (TIFF, Oct 8-Nov 8).
The film is about a law student’s interviews with a serial kidnapper whose female victims never press charges. The lead actors include Orkhan Iskandarli and Elshan Abbasov.
Producers are Elşən Abbasov, Carlos Reygadas and Baydarov, with Danny Glover and Joslyn Barnes executive producing. It a co-production between Azerbaijan’s Ucqar Film, Mexico’s Splendor Omnia Studios and US-based Louverture Films.
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The Azerbaijani director’s previous feature In Between Dying won the Tokyo Filmex Grand Prize last year after premiering in competition at Venice.