I used to have to wait until a movie’s credits rolled to their end to find out where it was shot. Only then did I learn where in the world that movie was made. I don’t know why this interests me, but it does. Lately, intimate details about where a film was shot are readily available on the internet. Other people must be interested too or this would not be happening.
Lately Ruth and I have seen some offbeat locations that are socially important. Last night’s film was the most weird of all. I never expected to see a film made in Azerbaijan but there it was, a love story with a significant female lead. Before COVID struck and we had to cancel travel plans, Ruth and I were planning to go there. We were wrapping up visits to all of the European countries and including Georgia and Armenia in our travel plans. Azerbaijan was also a destination. I’m really sorry now that we did not go there.
Interesting settings for recently seen movies included several offbeat locations. We are watching what we considered unreleased films of note that we had not had access to before. Suddenly we discovered that many of them had found a niche on some of the lesser-known cable channels, and we began watching some of them. Septembers of Shiraz was about Iran. Highway Patrolman, a really odd film about the road, turned out to be about a police officer in Mexico. Asako 1 & 2 was filmed in Osaka, Japan, a place we saw only from a moving train. Goldstone was filmed with one of our favorite Australian actresses who has been in some American films. Her acting name is Jacki Weaver. We have been to the Australian Outback but not to Winton, where Goldstone was filmed.
Azerbaijan was fascinating and culturally significant too. The movie made there was called Ali & Nino. It was totally unexpected and interesting to experience its very particular culture. Like the Jewish characters in Septembers of Shiraz, the main female in Ali & Nino as a modern woman had a hard time fitting into the culture of her Muslim nation not too far from war-torn Ukraine.