(La luce della gru / Crane Lantern)
Azerbaigian / Azerbaijan
2021, HD, col., 101’
v.o. azera / Azerbaijani o.v.
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Sceneggiatura, fotografia, montaggio / Screenplay, Photography, Editing: Hilal Baydarov. Musica / Music: Kənan Rüstəmli. Suono / Sound: Christian Giraud, Oscar Victoria. Interpreti / Cast: Orxan İskəndərli, Elşən Abbasov, Hüseyn Nəsirov. Produzione / Produced by: Ucqar Film. Coproduzione / Co-produced by: Splendor Omnia Studios, Louverture Films. Distribuzione internazionale / World Sales: MPM Premium.
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?
Crane Lantern premiered at the latest Tokyo International Film Festival, where the film was awarded for Best Artistic Contribution.
“My father was a worker in this petroleum field, and I spent too many days there. The mysterious sound of oil rigs is always on my mind. I was sitting there and looking at the sky, observing the birds, cranes, and crows. I truly believe that landscapes have a strong effect on the human soul. I can’t film anywhere in which I don’t have memories. And now I am almost my father’s age and I am quite full of mixed emotions when I see it, especially when I go there because the sound of it is still the same, and cranes, crows, and other birds are still in the sky, but my father has gone years ago.” (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 the Special Events, In Between Dying.
filmografia scelta / selected filmography
2018 Adsız Yüksəkliklər (Hills Without Names); Ad Günü 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