World premiere

Cold as Marble

Local title
Külm kui marmor
Original title
Mərmər soyuğu
Asif Rustamov
Azerbaijan, France
Official Selection - Competition
drama, crime film
love, hatred, jealousy

Are you a painter or a sculptor?

Non-healed wounds, lusty desires and scheming betrayal, unleashed in an erotic, ironic and captivatingly puzzling modern Azerbaijani psycho thriller. Unlike the impressive debut “Down the River” (premiered in Karlovy Vary in 2014), Asif Rustamov introduces failed sinful nameless losers in a destructive game of passion, education, crime and punishment with references to the Coen Brothers.

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.

Edvinas Pukšta

Asif Rustamov
Asif Rustamov, Roelof Jan Minneboo
Gurban Ismayilov, Elshan Asgarov, Natavan Abbasli
Balakishi Qasimov, Orman Aliyev, Fariz Ahmadov, Guillaume de Seille
Oktay Namazov, Adil Abbasov
Rza Asgarov
Azerbaijan film, BMC, ITV, Arizona Films
Estonian, English
Asif Rustamov

Asif Rustamov was born in Baku, Azerbaijan, in 1975. He studied at the private Economy University (1992-1995) and graduated from the cinema faculty of the Azerbaijan State University of Culture and Art (2000-2004) with a degree in directing. His work includes documentaries (The Crossroad, 2004, Sun City, 2007) and shorts (The House, 2007, With the Back to Kiblah, 2009) that were shown and awarded at many international festivals. In 2014, he made his debut feature, Down the River, which premiered at Karlovy Vary IFF. It won the audience award at Xian Silk Road IFF and best debut at SEEFest. Asif is a co-founder of the Azerbaijan Association of Young Filmmakers and one of the editors of the Azeri film magazine Fokus.

Filmograafia Axinla ashagi (Down the River, 2014), Mərmər soyuğu (Cold as Marble 2022)

Grand Prix for The Best Film, grant of 20 000 euros from the city of Tallinn


Chill-Hall Apollo Kino Coca-Cola Plaza
Screening140101 / Külm kui marmor
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian
Q&A guestsAsif Rustamov (Film Director, Scriptwriter), Roelof Jan Minneboo (Scriptwriter), Fariz Ahmedov (Producer)
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Hall Electric Cinema, Tartu
Screening152202 / Külm kui marmor
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian
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8th Hall Apollo Kino Coca-Cola Plaza
Screening170602 / Külm kui marmor
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian
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Q&A with the filmmaker