Hilal Baydarov's IN BETWEEN DYING will be in competition at the Venice International Film Festival 2020.
At BritFlicks we don't get too many trailers arrive in the in-box from Azerbaijan, but we are delighted to receive and be able to share Hilal Baydarov IN BETWEEN DYING, which will be celebrating its World Premiere at the Venice Film Festival 2020.
Synopsis: Davud is a misunderstood, restless young man in search of his ‘true’ family, those whom he feels certain will bring love and therefore meaning to his life. Over the course of one
strange day, pursued by men he has crossed and sure this day will be his last, Davud’s
search leads him to encounters with a number of unexpected deaths and a series of
women striving to liberate themselves from subjugation. As he journeys, each death
and each liberation causes invisible memories and self-constructed narratives to rise
to the surface of his consciousness. Davud is propelled into a journey of self-discovery
that leads him finally back to the place he has always lived, and the love that was always
Director Hilal Baydarov takes us on a dreamlike and enigmatic journey through a world of shifting structures...
Director Hilal Baydarov takes us on a dreamlike and enigmatic journey through a world of shifting structures, resisting narrative in favour of empathy, reason in favour of intuition, and irony in favour of curiosity. Shot against the vast landscapes of rural Azerbaijan and accompanied by an exquisite soundscape, IN BETWEEN DYING is a powerful visualization of humanity on its fundamental quest for meaning.
Hilal Baydarov was born in 1987 in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Hilal Baydarov was born in 1987 in Baku, Azerbaijan. During his high school years, he won the National Championship of Mathematics twice in 2004 and 2005. In 2011 he led the Azeri team at the International Olympiad in Informatics. After graduating with a Master’s degree in Computer Sciences, he left for Sarajevo to study film at Sarajevo Film Academy. He was a student under acclaimed Hungarian filmmaker Béla Tarr, who founded the film.factory school in Sarajevo.
Baydarov’s debut feature film HILLS WITHOUT NAMES, which he wrote and directed, premiered at the Montreal Film Festival in 2018. The same year, he won the Docu Talent Award at the Sarajevo Film Festival for his second documentary film BIRTHDAY.
WHEN THE PERSIMMONS GREW, Baydarov’s third documentary film, received the Interreligious Award and a Special Jury Mention when it premiered at the 2019 Visions du Réel film festival in Nyon and it won the Heart of Sarajevo for Best Documentary at the Sarajevo Film Festival.
MOTHER AND SON, his fourth documentary film, premiered in the main competition at IDFA 2019 and NAILS IN MY BRAIN, his fifth documentary film, is the last film in the “Katech” trilogy of documentaries set in Katech, Azerbaijan, which also includes MOTHER AND SON, and WHEN THE PERSIMMONS GREW. Baydarov’s second feature, IN BETWEEN DYING will premiere in the main competition of the 2020 Venice Biennale Film Festival.