There was never a better brother

There was never a better brother

Original title: I ne bilo luchshe brata
Production: Central Productions International Group; Ibrus
Country: Russian Federation
Director: Murad Ibragimbekov
Script: Pavel Finn; Murad Ibragimbekov
Photography: Ivan Gudkov
Music: Aleksey Aigy
Cast: Sergey Puskepalis; Evgeny Tsyganov; Nino Ninidze
Year: 2009
Duration: 90
Genre: Drama
Color: Color
Original language: Russian
Languages available: Russian
Subtitles: English


The story of two temperamentally different brothers takes place in the Azerbaijani capital of Baku in the 1970s. The elder brother Jalil is a married postal worker who keeps bees as a hobby. Like those creatures, he approaches life with measured care. Younger brother Simurg is by nature more adventurous and in contrast to his sibling is capable of going after his goals, not just dreaming about them. When both brothers fall in love for the same beautiful girl, their differences become apparent once again.

The locations in the film – the house, garden, streets, post office and bath-house, are exact replicas of Baku, Azerbaijan in the 1970's and during WW2.

Co-production between Russia, Azerbaijan and Bulgaria.


Winner of an Award at the Listapad Festival, Minsk, Belarus : Best director of photography

Nominated to an Award, at the Nika Awards 2007 : Best Film of the CIS and Baltics

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