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Hilal Baydarov
Ad Günü
Azerbaijan 2018 / 63’
Dark Skull

A graduate of Béla Tarr's Film.Factory, Hilal Baydarov has been busy: in 2018 alone, he produced three films that were festival award winners. In one of them, he uses austere, black-and-white images to show a day in the life of his mother. The lonely widow is celebrating her birthday. She fills her days with routine activities: preparing meals, gardening, praying, cleaning. In between, there are short moments of attention, movement, power. What is she thinking about? What’s consuming her? Her face remains impenetrable. A day from a person’s everyday life, says Baydarov, is a summary of their life in its entirety. That’s an elegant metaphor, but in this meditative work, there is indeed a certain sense in the chain of repetition—it is a means of defense against the unpredictability of fate, which often takes away, though it sometimes also gives. I’m looking for something out of place in the smooth rhythm of the day in a particularly beautiful, though melancholy, existence. Could it perhaps be an unanswered telephone call?  

Agnieszka Szeffel


Sarajevo FF 2018 - Docu Talent Award

Hilal Baydarov

Hilal Baydarov was born in 1987 in Baku, Azerbaijan. After a master in computer sciences, he left for Sarajevo to study film directing with Bela Tarr (Film.Factory). His debut feature film Hills Without Names was premiered at the Montreal Film Festival in 2018, the same year he won the Docu Talent award at Sarajevo Film Festival for his film Birthday. When The Persimmons Grew was premiered in competition at the Visions du Réel film festival in Nyon, where Baydarov won Jury Prize.


2018 Hills Without Names

2018 Urodziny / Ad Günü / Birthday 

2018 Selimpaşada Bir Gün / One Day in Selimpasha

2019 Xurmalar Yetişən Vaxt / When the Persimmons Grew

Cast & Crew

director Hilal Baydarov
screenplay Hilal Baydarov
cinematography Hilal Baydarov
editing Hilal Baydarov
sound Hilal Baydarov
producer Hilal Baydarov
production Ucqar Film
sales Ucqar Film
language no dialogue
colouration b&w