Salomé Jashi – Taming the Garden (2021)

Documentary follows trees that are transported, at great expense and inconvenience, from the coast of the Republic of Georgia to the private garden of that country’s former prime minister. Read More »

Nana Janelidze – Iavnana AKA Lullaby (1994)

The life of a peaceful family changes when two drifters come in. The two men are met with hospitality. They repay it by kidnapping the family’s child. Read More »

Nana Dzhordzhadze – 27 Missing Kisses (2000)

A young woman’s passion has a remarkable effect on a Russian village in this comedy-drama with fantasy elements. Sybill (Nino Kuchanidze) is a teenager who is sent to a small town in the country to spend the summer with her aunt. Despite her tender age, Sybill is ripe and sexually aware, and while the initial object of her attention is Alexander (Eugenji Sidichin), a widower in his early 40s, she instead pairs up with Mickey (Shalva Iashvili), Alexander’s teenage son. Mickey quickly becomes infatuated with Sybill and is more than happy to indulge her fondness for outdoor lovemaking. Between Sybill’s carefree, youthful sensuality and the appearance of Emmanuelle at the local movie house, suddenly love and lust are in bloom all over town. Read More »

Nana Dzhordzhadze – Robinzoniada, anu chemi ingliseli Papa AKA Robinsoda, or My English Grandfather (1987)

Georgia started the 20th century. In a remote village Guria appeared servant British
Telegraph Hughes. He regularly goes around telephone poles, boxing, stands up for the
honor of women and their homeland. And then, as befit a real man, falls in love with the
prettiest girl of the village, becoming an enemy of her brother, a Bolshevik. Love inspires
the Englishman to a voluntary exile to a telegraph pole, three meters around which
bought the British government. On these meters, and he will live in expectation of love
and, as will be later, his absurd death … Read More »

Nino Basilia – Anna’s Life (2016)

The single mom Anna is forced to take three then four jobs to support herself and her autistic son who lives in a children’s home, and when the whole thing becomes too much to bear she decides to leave Georgia and travel to the US. But it’s easier said than done getting tickets and the faked visa she needs.
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George Ovashvili – Khibula (2017)

After being deposed in coup, the president of a newly independent country flees to mountains with a group of supporters sure that he will regain the power to lead his people. Read More »

Irakli Kvirikadze – Motsurave AKA The Swimmer (1981)

Review from Bloomsbury Foreign Film Guide by Ronald Bergan and Robyn Karney:
Three generations of a family – grandfather, father, grandson – are obsessed with swimming. This passion destroys the first two, while the middle-aged surviving member tries to keep it at bay.
Made in Georgia, this is an original piece of work, constructed as a film within a film, and shot asdistinct segments intercut with the activities of the crew which is supposed to be making it. Grandfather’s tale is photographed in sepia, intriguingly beautiful and lyrical; son’s episode is black and white, and redolent with the atmosphere of the postwar Stalinist period; grandson’s story takes place on the contemporary film set and is in colour. There is little dialogue, voice-over commentary being largely used, and it is difficult to appreciate why the film’s release was withheld for a few years. An interesting, often absorbing curiosity, that falls apart in the third segment. Read More »