In Between Dying
Directed by Hilal Baydarov, Feature Film, Azerbaijan/ USA/ Mexico 2020, 88 minutes
Produced by Hilal Baydarov (AZE) and Elshan Abbasov (AZE), co-produced by Joslyn Barnes (USA) and Carlos Reygadas (MEX)
Venice International Film Festival 2020 / Competition
Synopsis
Davud is a misunderstood, restless young man in search of his ‘true’ family, those whom he feels certain will bring love and therefore meaning to his life. Over the course of one strange day, pursued by men he has crossed and sure this day will be his last, Davud’s search leads him to encounters with a number of unexpected deaths and a series of women striving to liberate themselves from subjugation. As he journeys, each death and each liberation causes invisible memories and self-constructed narratives to rise to the surface of his consciousness. Davud is propelled into a journey of self-discovery that leads him finally back to the place he has always lived, and the love that was always there.

Director Hilal Baydarov takes us on a dreamlike and enigmatic journey through a world of shifting structures, resisting narrative in favour of empathy, reason in favour of intuition, and irony in favour of curiosity. Shot against the vast landscapes of rural Azerbaijan and accompanied by an exquisite soundscape, IN BETWEEN DYING is a powerful visualization of humanity on its fundamental quest for meaning.
Cast
Davud
Orkhan Iskandarli
Bride
Rana Asgarova
Blind Girl
Rana Asgarova
Woman in Black
Rana Asgarova
Davud’s Mother
Maryam Naghiyeva
Gusi
Huseyn Nasirov
Isa
Kamran Huseynov
Musa
Samir Abbasov
Doctor
Murvat Abdulazizov
Rabid Girl
Kubra Shukurova
Road Watcher
Narmin Hasanova
Credits
Directed by
Hilal Baydarov
Written by
Hilal Baydarov, Rashad Safar (co-writer)
Director of Photography
Elshan Abbasov
Sound Mixer
Orkhan Hasanov
Edited by
Hilal Baydarov
Music by
Kanan Rustamli
Produced by
Hilal Baydarov, Elshan Abbasov
Co-produced by
Carlos Reygadas, Joslyn Barnes
Executive Producers
Danny Glover, Susan Rockefeller
Associate Producer
Sarah D’hanens
Production Sound Mixer
Orkhan Hasanov
Supervising Sound Editor
Daniel Timmons
Sound Effects Editor
Ben Kruse
Production Company
Ucqar Film
Co-Production companies
Splendor Omnia Studios, Louverture Films
World Sales
Pluto Film Distribution Network GmbH
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