Azerbaijan - Mexico - Switzerland - Turkey | 2022 | Color | Drama | 89 min  

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SERMON TO THE FISH
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DCP | Azerbaijani | 24 fps | 2.39:1 | Dolby 5.1

 SYNOPSIS 

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?

 FESTIVALS 

- Locarno IFF 2022

          International Competition

 AWARDS 

- Locarno IFF 2022

        Junior Jury Awards: Environment Award

        Pardo Verde WWF Awards: Special Mention

 CAST & CREDITS 

Cast

 

 

Director

Cinematographer

Editor

Screenplay

Sound

Sound Design

Music

Sound Mixing

Make Up

Producer

Co-Producer

Production

Co-Production

 

International Sales

Rana ASGAROVA as Sura

Orkhan ISKANDARLI as Davud

Huseyn NASIROV as Commander

Hilal BAYDAROV

Hilal BAYDAROV

Hilal BAYDAROV

Hilal BAYDAROV

Elshan BAYDAROV

Christian GIRAUD

Kanan RUSTAMLI

Antonio Porem PIRES

Rana ASGAROVA

Hilal BAYDAROV

Elshan ABBASOV

Carlos REYGADAS

Dan WECHSLER

Jamal ZEINAL-ZADE

Andreas ROALD

Emil NAJAFOV

Joaquín DEL PASO

M.Zahid SOBACI

M.Ziyad VAROL

Cemil YAVUZ

Faruk GÜVEN

Emrah KILIÇ

Ucqar Film

Splendor Omnia Studios

Bord Cadre Films

Sovereign Films

Ultra Productions

Càrcava Cine

TRT Sinema 

Poetika Film

ASIAN SHADOWS

 PRESS REVIEWS 

"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