The first still for Asif Kapadia’s Ali & Nino has been released. Currently shooting in Azerbaijan, the adaption of the best-selling novel is written by Christopher Hampton (Dangerous Liaisons, Atonement) and produced by Kris Thykier (Trash, Woman In Gold). Leyla Aliyeva is on board as exec producer. IM Global will handle international sales.

Kurban Said’s best-sellingAzerbaijan-set novel revolves around two star-crossed lovers in the melting pot of Baku at the turn of the 20th century against a backdrop of oil and the onset of Woorld War I. Adam Bakri (Omar) and Maria Valverde (Exodus: Of Gods and Kings) star with Connie Nielson (Gladiator) and Mandy Patinkin (Homeland) also in the cast.