23rd Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
A lonely life made up of daily routine tasks is depicted in this documentary made by the director about his own mother. It’s her birthday – her husband has been dead for years and her children have forgotten her, with the exception of her son, who remains behind the camera. Despite this, the ageing woman cleans, cooks, and makes ready for a possible celebration. Cursory inspections of her mobile phone screen show that she would have been happy with just a phone message. Birthdays give new meaning to loneliness, just as the director cuts away various natural barriers of the camera image and amplifies the sound effects track to allow silence to emerge and envelop the main character.
"One day of any person is the summary of his life. What we feel in one day is the same for all our life. Nothing changes. Repetitions, Repetitions and Repetitions. Just like my mother on her birthday." H. Baydarov
Hilal Bajdarov (1987) received his degree in informatics in Turkey, then studied directing at the film school in Sarajevo under Hungarian director Béla Tarr. His debut feature-length film was Hills Without Names; in August 2018 his documentary Birthday (2018) received the Docu Talent Award 2018.
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