In Between Dying


IN BETWEEN DYING is the love story of Davud, a young man trying to find his ‘real’ family, who completes his life cycle in a single day. When he does find Love, it’s in the place he has always lived. But it is too late.


"Registers most strongly through its visuals, which muster a powerful sense of the uncanniness of landscape."
Screen Daily

“...a powerful parable of spiritual awakening.”
The Playlist

"Baydarov’s, etheral, intoxicating, semi-guided meditation of a movie is about revealing our world for the aspects of it that people tend to overlook in plain sight."



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.

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Director: Hilal Baydarov
Genre: Drama
English title: In Between Dying
Country of production: Azerbaijan, Mexico, USA
Year of production: 2020
Length: 88 min
Color: color
Shooting format: HD/4K
Screening format: DCP 2K
Original language: Azerbaijani
Subtitles: English

Cast: Orkhan Iskandarli, Rana Asgarova, Maryam Naghiyeva, Murvat Abdulazizov,Huseyn Nasirov
Scriptwriter: Hilal Baydarov
Director of photography: Elshan Abbasov
Editor: Hilal Baydarov
Sound design: Daniel Timmons, Ben Kruse
Sound mixing: Orxan Həsənov
Music: Kanan Rustamli
Producers: Hilal Baydarov, Elshan Abbasov
Co-producers: Carlos Reygadas, Joslyn Barnes
Production company: Ucqar Film
Co-production company: Splendor Omnia Studios, Louverture Films

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Festivals / Awards

Venice IFF, Italy - Official Selection in Competition - World Premiere
Moscow IFF, Russia
Sao Paolo IFF. Brazil - International Perspective
El Gouna IFF, Egypt - Feature Narrative CompetitionEl Gouna Bronze Star for Narrative Film, NETPAC Award for Best Asian Film
FILMeX Tokyo, Japan - GRAND PRIZE (Best Film)
Los Cabos IFF, Mexico - Main Competition - The Art Kingdom Award
New Horizons IFF, Poland
Batumi International Art-house FF,  Georgia - International Competition - Georgian Film Critics Award
Umeå Europaen FF, Sweden 
Panorama of European CInema, Greece - Competition section
REC Tarragona IFF, Spain - International competition
Hainan IFF, China
Laceno d'Oro Festival, Italy
Kolkata IFF, India
Trieste IFF, Italy
Kerala IFF, India
Hong Kong IFF, China
Filmtage Orient Express FF, Switzerland
Yalta IFF, Russia
Korkut Ata Turkic World FF, Turkey
Malatya IFF, Turkey
Gorinchem IFF, Netherlands
MOOOV, Belgium
Taoyuan FF, Taiwan
Der Neue Heimatfilm, Austria



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