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Georgian Film Days will present seven Georgian films in Bratislava

Racha, My Love (1977), a Slovak-Georgian co-production comedy about friendship of two wine-growing regions of the same name in both countries, directed by Jozef Medveď and Timur Palavandišvili, will open the Georgian Film Days on November 23, at the Lumière Cinema. The event will present not only archive Georgian titles but a selection of some of the most successful contemporary films. The Georgian Film Days will be held till November 26, with a Georgian delegation present.

The showcase will continue with the archive title Magdana's Donkey (1955) directed by Tengiz Abuladze and Rezo Chkheidze. In the same year, the film received the Best Fiction Film Award in its category at Cannes IFF. It tells a story of a simple peasant family at the turn of the 19th and 20th century. Documentary films will be represented by director Nana Janelidze, who will personally present her film Will There Be a Theatre Up There?! (2011). Film tilm recounts the adventures of a well-known actor, Kakhi Kavasadze. The omnibus film Three Houses (2008) by Zaza Urushadze consists of three novels, each taking place in a different century.

The successful and award-winning The Other Bank (2009) by George Ovashvili started off on the prestigious Berlinale. It tells a story of a 12-year old boy trying to recover his dreams distroyed by the cival war. The 2010 title Street Days by Levan Koguashvili was successful on the festival circuit, as well; its main character, a 45-year old drug addict is faced against an impossible choice. The closing film of the event is the French-Georgian co-produced film Chantrapas (2010) by Otar Iosseliani about Nicolas, a filmmaker, who leaves his home to France not wanting to be silenced and censored. The film was the Georgian national nomination for Oscar in 2011.

The films will be present by the director Nana Janelidze, the Georgian filmmaker and journalist Keti Machavariani and by the representatives of the Georgian National Film Center - director Tamara Tatishvili and First Deputy Director Salome Sepashvili.

Further archive Georgian titles will be screened at Lumière Cinema within its cinematheque during November.

The event is organized based upon bilateral co-operation and upon the intergovernmental cultural agreements, the organizers being Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic, Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia, Embassy of Georgia to the Republic of Slovakia, Georgian National Film Center and the Slovak Film Institute.

Detailed programme of the Georgian Film Days

More information at:
www.aic.sk/kinolumiere

published: 19.11.2012
updated: 21.11.2012