Goodbye, Southern City (2007)

Genres - Drama  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - Azerbaijan , Russia   |  
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Synopsis by Mark Deming

A brash do-gooder learns backing up his good intentions with a firearm can cause more problems than it solves in this drama. Alik (Timur Badalbeoly) lives in a small community in Azerbaijan, a Eurasian nation bordering Russia and Iran. Alik is regarded as the neighborhood's friendly vigilante; he has a gun, and isn't afraid to show it when troublemakers make their presence known in the aging apartment complex where he lives. A group of jazz musicians have set up a rehearsal space in the basement of the apartment block, and when a local moneyman who owns part of the building tries to drive the musicians out, Alik and his gun step in on their behalf. However, it soon becomes clear that Alik has bitten off more than he can chew. One of the few films from Azerbaijan to gain an international audience, Elvida, Cenub Seheri (aka Goodbye, Southern City) was screened in competition at the 2007 Berlin Film Festival.