Cinema of the world


Director : Hilal Baydarov
Country : USA, Azerbaijan, Mexico
Language : Azerbaijani
Duration : 110 minutes
Year: 2021
Cinema of the world


Musa, a law student seeks out Davud, a man imprisoned for kidnapping four women. He soon discovers that all of his victims have no wish to press charges. On the contrary, they have the feeling of a new truth in themselves. Musa’s encounter with the purported criminal becomes a journey into someone else’s inner world. Are the questions he asks the correct ones? Is the law a genuine form of justice? What is the meaning of humans imposing punishment on others? Is Musa being enlightened by a superior man, or is he being lured into a world of illusion?

Hilal Baydarov


Hilal Baydarov is a writer / director from Baku, Azerbaijan. After a master in computer sciences, Baydarov studied at the Sarajevo Film Academy under acclaimed Hungarian filmmaker Béla Tarr before going on to make his feature debut HILLS WITHOUT NAMES (2018), which premiered at the Montreal World Film Festival, the same year his documentary debut BIRTHDAY won the Docu Talent Award at the Sarajevo Film Festival. Since then Hilal has completed an award-winning trilogy of documentaries set in Katech Azerbaijan: WHEN THE PERSIMMONS GREW (2019) which won the Heart of Sarajevo for Best Documentary at the Sarajevo and the Interreligious Award and Special Jury Mention at Visions du réel; MOTHER AND SON (2019), which premiered in the main competition at IDFA; and NAILS IN MY BRAIN (2020) which premiered at Cinema du réel.


– Orkhan Iskandarli
– Elshan Abbasov
– Huseyn Nasirov


– Director: Hilal Baydorov
– Producer: Elshan Abbasov, Hilal Baydorov,Carlos Reygadas
– Editor:Hilal Baydorov
– Writer: Hilal Baydorov
– DOP: Hilal Baydorov
– Sound:Christian Giraud
– Music:Kanan Rustamli
– Cast:Orkhan Iskandarli,Elshan Abbasov,Huseyn Nasirov

Awards and Nominations

Winner – Tokyo International Film Festival 2021( Best Artistic Contribution Award)
– Tokyo International Film Festival 2021
( Best Film)