When the Persimmons Grew

  • Azerbaijan
  • Austria
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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 The son leaves, and winter settles in to the forever-outdated house in which temporalities blurs and past and present beat to the rhythm of the same clock.


  • Original Title
    When the Persimmons Grew
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Hilal Baydarov
  • Cinematography
    Hilal Baydarov
  • Editing
    Hilal Baydarov
  • Runtime
    119 min (91+ min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Azerbaijan
    • Austria
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Festivals
    • Viennale
    • IDFA
    • Doclisboa
    • Torino Film Festival
    • Festival des 3 Continents, Nantes
    • International Istanbul Film Festival
    • ZagrebDox
    • IDFF Ji.hlava
    • New Horizons Film Festival
    • Cottbus Film Festival
    • ArtDocFest (Russia)
    • Taiwan International Documentary Festival
    • Istanbul Film Festival
    • Diagonale
    • International Film Festival of Kerala
    • Transcinema FF
    • Hanai Island FF
    • Carthage FF
    • Anûu-Rû Aboro
    • Diagonale Film festival
    • This human world (Vienna)
    • Batumi International Arthouse Film Festival
    • Bridge Film Festival, BOZAR, Belgium
    • Ismailia Film Festival
  • Awards
    • Interreligous Award and a Special Jury Mention - Visions du réel 2019
    • Heart of Sarajevo for Best Documentary - Sarajevo Film Festival

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