In Between Dying
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    In Between Dying

    Sepelenmis Ölümler Arasinda

    Directed by

    Azerbaijan, Mexico, USA


    88 min

    • Azerbaijani


    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 there.



    Orkhan Iskandarli
    Rana Asgarova
    Maryam Naghiyeva
    Murvat Abdulazizov
    Huseyn Nasirov
    Hilal Baydarov
    Elshan Abbasov
    Hilal Baydarov
    Kanan Rustamli


    Registers most strongly through its visuals, which muster a powerful sense of the uncanniness of landscape.

    Jonathan Romney, Screen Daily

    Baydarov certainly feels like an innovative new cinematic voice with this strange road trip which truly exemplifies the sentiment of a whole life being lived in a day

    Nicholas Bell, Ioncinema

    A dreamlike experience...I’m not sure I’ll ever understand all of “In Between Dying.” But I definitely felt it.

    Brian Tallerico,

    Gorgeous to look at. Baydarov composes grand, panoramic images that bring out the overwhelming majesty of nature and the triviality of human endeavors.

    Zhuo-Ning Su,

    It is easy to empathise with the main character: the direction is decidedly virtuous, mysterious, thanks to some suspended moments that even touch metaphysical registers.

    Andrea Chimento,

    Hilal Baydarov

    Hilal Baydarov


    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.

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