(Sermone ai pesci / Sermon to the Fish)
Azerbaigian – Messico – Svizzera – Turchia / Azerbaijan – Mexico – Switzerland – Turkey
2022, HD, col., 90’
v.o. azera / Azerbaijani o.v.
Sceneggiatura / Screenplay: Hilal Baydarov. Fotografia / Photography: Hilal Baydarov. Montaggio / Editing: Hilal Baydarov. Musica / Music: Kanan Rustamli. Suono / Sound: Elshan Baydarov, Christian Giraud. Interpreti / Cast: Rana Asgarova, Orkhan Iskandarli, Huseyn Nasirov. Produzione / Produced by: Ucqar Film, Splendor Omnia Studios. Coproduzione / Co-produced by: Bord Cadre films, Sovereign Films, Ultra Productions, Cárcava Cine, TRT Sinema, Poetika Film. Distribuzione internazionale / World Sales: Asian Shadows.
Davud returns from war to find everyone in his village has succumbed to a strange illness and has decomposed. His sister, the only survivor, is slowly rotting away herself. Davud is troubled by his memories as a soldier, as he confronts the only true question: is surviving the same as living? Sermon to the Fish premiered in competition at the latest Locarno Film Festival.
“I was so so tired and went to the forest and sat under an oak tree. I dreamed and dreamed and then decided to make a film like a dream and started the War Tales trilogy. I wish I didn’t…” H. Baydarov
Filmmaker and screenwriter, Hilal Baydarov was born in 1987 in Baku, Azerbaijian. After a Master’s degree in Computer Sciences, he studied directing at the Sarajevo Film Academy under Hungarian director Béla Tarr. The Trieste FF presented in 2020 his documentary Mother and Son, in 2021 Nails in My Brain and In Between Dying, in 2022 Crane Lantern.
filmografia scelta / selected filmography
2018 Adsız Yüksəkliklər (Hills Without Names); Ad Günu doc.; Selimpaşada Bir Gün doc. 2019 Xurmalar yetişən vaxt (When the Persimmons Grew) doc.; Premi / Awards: Sarajevo FF – Miglior documentario / Best Documentary; Ana və oğul (Mother and Son) doc. 2020 Beynimdəki mismarlar (Nails in My Brain) doc.; Səpələnmİş ölümlər arasinda (In Between Dying) 2021 Durna Çırağı (Crane Lantern); Premi / Awards: Tokyo IFF – Premio per il Miglior contributo artistico / Best Artistic Contribution Award 2022 Baliqlara xütbə (Sermon to the Fish); Premi / Awards: Locarno IFF – Menzione speciale Pardo Verde WWF, Premio Giuria giovani «L’ambiente è qualità di vita» / Green Pardo WWF Special Mention, ‘The environment is quality of life’ Junior Jury Award