Hilal Baydarov (Azerbaijan)

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.


  • Nails in My Brain
  • Mother and Son
  • When the Persimmons Grew
  • Hills Without Names
  • Birthday
  • One Day in Selimpasha

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