Nails in my Brain
Azerbaijan | 2020 | DCP | Color | 80 min | Hilal Baydarov
SATURDAY 3 | FILMIN LATINO | 24 HRS. | 80 MIN
THURSDAY 8 | CINETECA NACIONAL SALA 3 | 14:30 HRS. | 80 MIN
Director: Hilal Baydarov
Screenplay: Hilal Baydarov
Producer: Hilal Baydarov
Cinematography: Hilal Baydarov
Editing: Hilal Baydarov
Production Company: Ucqar Film
A young man wanders through the ruins of what may or may not be his childhood home, where each crumbling doorway opens up onto the past. Memories accost him-memories of his schooldays, loved ones long gone, of wonder, callousness and defeat. The painful invasion gives rise reflections on the limits of cinema and the poverty, and the inescapability, of the life of the mind. No matter how much he has tried to change, the young man-who may or may not be the filmmaker himself-always returns to the same places, same questions, same faces, same recollections-the same nails in his brain.
Hilal Baydarov was born in 1987 in Baku, Azerbaijan. After a master in computer science, he left for Sarajevo to study film directing with Bela Tarr. His debut feature film “Hills Without Names” premiered at the Montreal World Film Festival in 2008, the same year he won the Docu Talent Award at Sarajevo Film Festival for “Birthday”. His fourth film “When the Persimmons grew” received prizes in Visions du Reel and Sarajevo Film Festival in 2019. His fifth film “Mother and son” premiered in IDFA. “Nails in my brain” is part of a trilogy, which includes his last two films mentioned before.
Vision Du Reel 2020, Switzerland
Latin America premier: Festival de cine contemporáneo, Black Canvas 2020 – Mexico.