Azerbaijan - Mexico - Switzerland - Turkey | 2022 | Color | Drama | 89 min
Davud returns from war to find everyone in his village has succumbed to a strange illness and has rotted away. Their house is the only one with the lights on. His sister Sura, the only survivor, is slowly rotting herself. No electricity, no gas, no water, no food left, only a dog to keep them company. Davud is troubled by his memories as a soldier, as he confronts the only true question: Is surviving the same as living? Are those who survive really alive?
- Locarno IFF 2022
- Busan IFF 2022
A Window on Asian Cinema Section
- Ji.hlava IDFF 2022
- Cottbus IFF 2022
Feature Film Competition
- Pingyao IFF 2023
- Trieste IFF 2023
Off the Beaten Screen Section
- Locarno IFF 2022
Junior Jury Awards: Environment Award
Pardo Verde WWF Awards: Special Mention
CAST & CREDITS
Rana ASGAROVA as Sura
Orkhan ISKANDARLI as Davud
Huseyn NASIROV as Commander
Antonio Porem PIRES
Joaquín DEL PASO
Splendor Omnia Studios
Bord Cadre Films
"This all converges into the film’s precise portrayal of the deterioration of the human spirit in times of hopelessness, blending bleak nihilism with stoic realism to create a vivid and disturbing account of post-war trauma"
-- Matthew J. JENNER, International Cinephile Society
"Baydarov has created a brave, critical film, scrubbing away nationalism to see what is left for day-to-day people after going through such difficult experiences."
-- Redmond BACON, DMovies
"The magic of an impossible cinema, out of time and out of any practice, and perhaps for this very reason so pure, powerful, miraculous. Just abandon all resistance to its suggestions, its charm, its lyrics, and let yourself be gently carried away."
-- Marco ROMAGNA, Quinlan
"Surviving isn’t living” and this is an important, universal message which Baydarov delivers throughout his film, and not too subtly, either. Here, Nagorno-Karabakh is a state of mind, a place of despair, a hell on Earth shared by the survivors of every war, whether they’re close to us or far from us. "
-- Davide ABBATESCIANNI, Cineuropa
"Filmmaker Hilal Baydarov unveils a new dreamlike tale, a suffocating fable on the ravages of oil exploitation."
--- Theo METAIS, Cineman