When the Persimmons Grew / Xurmalar Yetişən Vaxt

When the Persimmons Grew / Xurmalar Yetişən Vaxt

Dir : Hilal Baydarov / Azerbaijan, Austria / 119 minutes / Azerbaijani / 2019


Immobile in a home where the sands of time fall to the rhythm of rural Azerbaijani sounds, a mother waits for her son. When he arrives, their conversations circle around existential questions and news from afar, troubling and cryptic. Unrest cloaks the world outside. Mother and son grow closer, silence melts into words, and life springs between them. The son leaves, and winter settles in to the forever-outdated house in which temporalities blurs and past and present beat to the rhythm of the same


Visions du réel/International Competition/Special Jury Award/Interreligious award
Sarajevo Film Festival/International Competition/Heart of Sarajevo Award

Director biography and filmography:

Hilal Baydarov was born in 1987 in Baku, Azerbaijan. After a master in computer sciences, he left for Sarajevo to study film directing with Bela Tarr. His debut feature film “Hills without names” (2018) was premiered at the Montreal Film Festival in 2018, the same year he won the Docu Talent award at Sarajevo Film Festival for his film “Birthday” (2018). “When the Persimmons Grew” is Baydarov’s fourth feature film. It received the Interreligous Award and a Special Jury Mention when it premiered in competition at the 2019 Visions du réel film festival in Nyon and won the Heart of Sarajevo at the Sarajevo Film Festival.


Producer – Georg Tiller
Cinematographer, Editor, Scriptwriter – Hilal Baydarov


Maryam Naghiyeva