Rustam Ibragimbekov was born in Baku, Azerbaijan in 1939. He is an internationally renowned and multi-award winning screenwriter, dramatist and producer. Ibragimbekov holds State awards for contributions to the arts from both Azerbaijan and Russia. His writing credits include more than 40 film and television scripts, plays and prose. Close to Eden (1993) won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, a European Film Award for Best Film of the Year and was nominated for an Academy Award. In 1994 Burnt by the Sun was awarded the Grand Prix at Cannes and an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film; in 2009 its stage adaptation was performed at the National Theatre in London.
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