Hilal Baydarov

In partnership with Trieste FF and in the run up to their European premiere of Azerbaijani filmmaker Hilal Baydarov's latest opus Crane Lantern, we present a selection of his finest documentaries, including his acclaimed Katech Trilogy.

"Baydarov explores a relationship between time and home in which being in a place of belonging alters the perception of time, or rather, it enhances it. What was invisible elsewhere becomes the centre of life here, as if things became visible only by achieving familiarity. [...] To understand time some people need not only to feel it passing – and becoming memory – but also to try to catch it, hold it in their hands, and make it more familiar, making it their own." — Lucía Salas, from the catalogue of Atlas of Belonging.

When the Persimmons Grew is having its UK theatrical premiere at the ICA in London as part of Atlas of Belonging, a season of films from the Caucuses.

Italian cinephiles will be able to discover Baydarov's Crane Lantern (2021) on February 24th at the Trieste Film Festival, online for pass holders and as normal in the city's cinemas.

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  • Trieste

Selected films

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