Feature Narrative Competition | 88 min | 2020


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About the Film

Davud is a misunderstood, restless young man in search of his “true” family, those who he feels certain will bring meaning and love to his life. When, over the course of one day, he experiences an unexpected series of accidents with people that each time results in a death; invisible memories, narratives and concerns rise to the surface. The film was screened in the official competition of the 77th Venice Film Festival.

Film Info

Section Feature Narrative Competition
Year 2020
Length 88 min
Language Azerbaijani
Country Azerbaijan, Mexico, USA

Film Credits

Director Hilal Baydarov
Screenplay Hilal Baydarov, Rashad Safar
Cinematography Elshan Abbasov
Music Kanan Rustamli
Editing Hilal Baydarov
Producer Hilal Baydarov, Elshan Abbasov, Carlos Reygadas, Joslyn Barnes
Production Company Splendor Omnia Studios, Louverture Films, Ucqar Film
Sound Design
Sound Orkhan Hasanov
Cast Orkhan Iskandarli, Rana Asgarova, Maryam Naghiyev

Film Contacts

Directed by: Hilal Baydarov

Hilal Baydarov is a writer and director from Baku, Azerbaijan. Baydarov studied at the Sarajevo Film Academy under the supervision of acclaimed Hungarian filmmaker, Béla Tarr, before going on to make his feature debut, Hills Without Names (2018). The film premiered at the Montreal World Film Festival, the same year his documentary debut, Birthday, won the Docu Talent Award at the Sarajevo Film Festival. Since then, Baydarov has completed an award-winning trilogy of documentaries set in Katech, Azerbaijan. When The Persimmons Grew (2019) won the Heart of Sarajevo for Best Documentary at the Sarajevo Film Festival, as well as the Interreligious Award and Special Jury Mention at Visions du réel.