Birthday
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    Birthday

    Ad Günü

    Directed by

    Azerbaijan

    2018

    63 min

    • Azerbaijani

    Documentary

    A lonely life made up of daily routine tasks is depicted in this documentary made by the director about his own mother. It’s her birthday – her husband has been dead for years and her children have forgotten her, with the exception of her son, who remains behind the camera. Despite this, the ageing woman cleans, cooks, and makes ready for a possible celebration. Cursory inspections of her mobile phone screen show that she would have been happy with just a phone message. Birthdays give new meaning to loneliness, just as the director cuts away various natural barriers of the camera image and amplifies the sound effects track to allow silence to emerge and envelop the main character.

    Awards

    • Docu Talent Award - Sarajevo IFF

    Festivals

    Credits

    Screenplay
    Hilal Baydarov
    Cinematography
    Hilal Baydarov
    Editing
    Hilal Baydarov
    Production
    UCQAR FILM
    Hilal Baydarov

    Hilal Baydarov

    Azerbaijan

    My actors are my friends in real life and they are real persons in the film. So when we want to make a film, the only extra thing out there is the camera.

    Hilal Baydarov was born in 1987 in Baku, Azerbaijan. During his high school years, he won the national championships of mathematics twice in 2004 and 2005. In 2011 he leads the Azeri team at the informatics olympiad in Thailand. After a master in computer sciences, he left for Sarajevo to study film directing with Bela Tarr. 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 (2019) is Baydarov's third feature film what won two awards at Visions du réel film festival in Nyon and also Heart of Sarajevo for Best Documentary Film at Sarajevo Film Festival. MOTHER AND SON (2019) is his fifth feature film that premiered in competition in IDFA. NAILS IN MY BRAIN is his six feature film that premiered in competition in Cinema du réel. It is also the last film of KATECH trilogy which includes MOTHER AND SON, WHEN THE PERSIMMONS GREW and NAILS IN MY BRAIN.

    Selected Filmography