Tag Archives: Georgian

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 »

Dea Kulumbegashvili – Beginning (2020)

In a sleepy provincial town, a Jehovah’s Witness community is attacked by an extremist group. In the midst of this conflict, the familiar world of Yana, the wife of the community leader, slowly crumbles. Yana’s inner discontent grows as she struggles to make sense of her desires. Read More »

Elene Naveriani – Me Mzis Skivi Var Dedamicaze AKA I Am Truly a Drop of Sun on Earth (2017)

Original title: მე მზის წვეთი ვარ დედამიწაზე (Me Mzis Skivi Var Dedamicaze)

Tbilisi, Georgia, nowadays. April aged 34, just spent a night in jail for prostitution. She is now resuming her work in the run down night life hub in the underground of a luxury hotel. There she meets Dije, a young Nigerian immigrant. He entrusts her his journey to Tbilisi. Originally, believing he was headed for Georgia, USA, he finds himself trapped in an extreme alienation in a country offering no perspective. An odd love emerges between these two human beings while they try to survive together on the margins of society. Read More »

Aleksandre Koberidze – Lass den Sommer nie wieder kommen AKA Let the Summer Never Come Again (2017)

A young man leaves his village to go into the city to audition to enter a dance company. He then is involved in illegal activities such as boxing and sleeping with men for money. Unwillingly, he falls in love with a man and suddenly is accepted in and starts dancing in the company. But his life will turn upside down when his lover goes to war and he returns to his village. Read More »

Giorgi Shengelaia – Pirosmani (1969)

his film is about the great Georgian painter – primitivist Niko Pirosmanashvili (1862-1918). An unknown, self-taught painter roams the streets of a city, painting his pictures. The local people only know that his name is Nikola Pirosmani, that he is a kind and honest person, but nobody takes his painting seriously. To make his living and be able to buy paints, Nikola opens up a food shop. But very soon he goes bankrupt, for he is giving away butter and cheese to anyone who got no money. Already gravely ill, he paints his last picture, imbued with light, joy and love for life. Read More »