Teymur Hajiyev

Born in 1982 | Baku, Azerbaijan


Education:2006: West Texas A&M University 

Teymur functioned as a Marketing Director for numerous commercial companies in Azerbaijan after completing his education at West Texas A&M University in 2006. He identified himself as a filmmaker in 2013 when he established FIL PRODUCTION, which produced a lot of international short films. Teymur's first short film, The Wound, was presented at the Palm Springs ShortsFest in 2013. His second short, 'Shanghai, Baku', debuted at the Tampere Film Festival in 2016, and his third short, 'salt, pepper to taste, debuted at the International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2019 and was named one of Kinoscope's "Top Five Shorts of 2019."  With the acceptance of Towards Evening in the Semaine de la Critique section of the Cannes Film Festival 2020 (the first Azeri film in the history of Critic's Week programming), Teymur is the only Azerbaijani director to have attended Cannes as both a director and a producer.

Teymur's remarkable works reintroduce people to the local, beautiful Azeri nature with a twist on the Orpheus and Eurydice tale. Arif, a photojournalist who has been mourning the loss of his lover, hopes to reclaim her by traveling to the country's heartland to encounter a blind man who can conjure the dead. The story of the lovers as they are reunited in a community, haunted by an evil monster as well as the memories of war, begins here, in a combination of fairy tales, nightmares, and recollections. Teymur drives a two-part drama that blends romance and politics, the ancient and current worlds, with this primal musical. Thus, he invokes the dead, past traumas, and magical entities through cinematic invocation.


“Salt, Pepper to Taste”, 2019
22 minutes

“Towards Evening”, 2020
12 minutes

Shanghai, Baku, 2016
20 minutes

YARA: The Wound, 2014
17 minutes