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01.-05.05.2017  Georgian Film Today    ქართული ფილმი დგეს

  Programm      Filme
  Vom 01. bis 05.05. zeigt das Babylon, organisiert von Tea Robakidze-Brown, aktuelles georgisches Filmschaffen mit sechs, z. T. preisgekrönten Langfilmen und einem Kurzfilmprogramm.

Eröffnet wird am 01.05. um 19.30 Uhr mit dem Dokumentarfilm „April in Paris“ über die generationenverbindendende Beziehung zweier berühmter Musiker: Der georgischen Pianistin Khatia Buniatishvili („eine grandiose Pianistin“ Süddeutsche Zeitung, „So viel Sturm, so viel Drang“ Tagesspiegel) und dem legendären Geiger Ivry Gitlis („Ein Original, ein Philosoph, ein Clown“ Süddeutsche Zeitung). Es gibt georgische Leckereien.

Zu den 88. Academy Awards reichte Georgien das mehrfach ausgezeichnete Filmdrama ,Moira“ (2015) von Levan Tutberidze ein. Die einfühlsame Dokumentation "Listen to the silence” (2016) von Mariam Chachia über einen tanzenden, gehörlosen Jungen gewann auf dem Festival DOK Leipzig die Goldene Taube. Auch dem Regisseur-Trio Salome Machaidze, Tamuna Karumidze und David Meskhi gelingt mit "When the earth seems to be light” (2016) ein beeindruckender, dokumentarischer Einblick in die jugendliche Sub- und Skaterkultur Georgiens.

Auf dem Filmfestival Cottbus u.a. als Bester Debütfilm ausgezeichnet wurde „Salt White“ (2011) von Keti Machavariani. „Der Freund“ (2016) von Dito Tsintsade ist ein rauer Berlin-Film über eine alleinerziehende georgische Emmigrantin mit ihrem dunkelhäutigen Sohn, die alleingelassen von ihrer Familie Trost bei einem älteren Freund findet.

   
 

01.-05.05.2017   Georgian Film Today    ქართული ფილმი დგეს

  Programm
 

Mo, 01. Mai 2017

  19:30 Eröffnung: April in Paris GEO 2015, R: Giga Chkheidze mit Khatia Buniatishvili, Ivry Gitlis, 75 Min, OmeU – anschließend Q&A mit dem Regisseur


DI 02.05.
18:15 Listen to the silence GEO 2016, R: Mariam Chachia mit Luka, 80 Min, OmeU

20:00 When the earth seems to be light GEO/ D 2015, R: Salome Machaidze, Tamuna Karumidze, David Meskhi, 80 Min, OmeU – anschließend Q&A mit den Regisseuren

21:45 Der Freund D/ GEO 2016 R: Dito Tsintsadze mit Natia Bakhtadze, 78 Min, Original auf Deutsch
   
 

Mi, 03. Mai 2017

  17:45 Short Films (93 Min, OmeU): This Girl Is Mine, There Was A Man, My Second family, Lethe, Georgian Bread – anschließend Q&A mit der Regisseurin Elene Asatiani

20:00 Salt White GEO 2011, R: Keti Machavariani mit Nino Koridze, Gagi Svanidze, Fea Tsivadze, 80 Min, OmeU
21:45 Moira GEO 2015, R: Levan Tutberidze mit Paata Inauri, Ani Bebia, Jano Izoria, 95 Min, OmeU
   
 

Do, 04. Mai 2017

  18:00 Der Freund D/ GEO 2016 R: Dito Tsintsadze mit Natia Bakhtadze, 78 Min, Original auf Deutsch
   
 

Fr, 05. Mai 2017

  18:00 Salt White GEO 2011, R: Keti Machavariani mit Nino Koridze, Gagi Svanidze, Fea Tsivadze, 80 Min, OmeU

20:00 Listen to the silence GEO 2016, R: Mariam Chachia mit Luka, 80 Min, OmeU

21:45 When the earth seems to be light GEO/ D 2015, R: Salome Machaidze, Tamuna Karumidze, David Meskhi, 80 Min, OmeU
   
   
 

Filme

  April in Paris [აპრილი პარიზში] GEO 2015, R: Giga Chkheidze mit Khatia Buniatishvili, Ivry Gitlis, 75 Min, OmeU – anschließend Q&A mit dem Regisseur

A documentary about two world-renowned musicians, Khatia Buniatishvili and Ivry Gitlis. She - from Georgia, he – from Israel, both living in Paris. She – a young star pianist, he – a violin legend of our time. Their dialogue of love and passion in the language of music and poetry, beyond space and time.

Film with Ivry Gitlis (born 25 August in Haifa), representing music of the Golden Age of 20th century, and Khatia Buniatishvili (born 21 June 1987 in Batumi), a superstar of classical music of 21st century.

The film is an attempt to create a portrait of an artist per se. The idea is that art has no spatial, time, gender, age etc. limits and limitations. The artistic portraits of various art people from all over the world, from various areas of art and different time such as Ivry Gitlis, Khatia Buniatishvili, Silvana Mangano, Chopin, Beethoven, Schumann, Rachmaninov, Maria Theresa von Paradies, Arthur Rimbaud, Paul Verlaine, Gerard Philippe (those who are really starring and those who are still present in the film despite space and time distance) are synthesized and united and unified in a one whole epic portrait of an artist per se. And all this is unified by means of the most simple and abstract word that is LOVE.

Trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5Rbq4xLQ-E
   
   
  Moira [მოირა] GEO 2015, R: Levan Tutberidze mit Paata Inauri, Ani Bebia, Jano Izoria, 95 Min, OmeU

This is a dramatic story of the family living in the seaside city. After Mamuka is released from prison, he tries to rescue his family from poverty. His mother is working abroad, his father is in a wheelchair, and his unemployed younger brother appears to be attracted by criminals.

Mamuka takes a bank loan and buys a small fishing boat. He is eager to work and intends to return his mother back. The brothers name the fishing boat after Moira – a goddess of fate. But fate is often blind and merciless.

“Moira” was selected as the Georgian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards; San Sebastián International Film Festival (2015): Main competition SIGNIS Award

Director’s statement: “A life of dignity and honor demands sacrifice, and not everyone is ready for that. Destiny is unpredictable but, at the same time, somehow logical. The thread of life is cut precisely when it is inevitable. The small fishing boat “Moira” is a symbol of destiny that individuals use for their own purposes.”
   
   
  When the earth seems to be light [როცა დედამიწა მსუბუქია] GEO/ D 2015, R: Salome Machaidze, Tamuna Karumidze, David Meskhi, 80 Min, OmeU – anschließend Q&A mit den Regisseuren

Wenn sich der weite Himmel über Tiflis öffnet, vermischt sich das Flirren von Insekten mit dem Rauschen von auf Asphalt entlanggleitendem Hartgummi. Skateboarder. Die Jugendlichen vereint ihre Faszination für den Sport ebenso wie ihre Träume von einer besseren Zukunft. Fernab von Mainstream, konservativen Strukturen und Schule begleiten die Regisseure von WHEN THE EARTH SEEMS TO BE LIGHT junge Musiker, Künstler und Skateboarder, die versuchen ihren Platz im post-sowjetischen Georgien zu finden.

Im Fokus stehen ihre Vorstellungen von Frieden, Erwartungen an sich selbst, andere und das Kommende, genauso wie die Klassiker: Glück und Liebe, aber auch die Frage, ob sie nicht vor der Realität fliehen. Bereits beim Zuschauen scheint der Moment der Leichtigkeit bei einem „Ollie“ spürbar. Doch nicht nur auf dem Skateboard drängt sich gleichzeitig die Frage auf: „What about when you fall and it’s painful?“ – „It’s whatever. It doesn’t really matter. “

Mit ihrem Dokumentarfilm erschaffen die Filmemacher ein ästhetisch und musikalisch packendes Werk, das uns eine alternative Sichtweise auf Jugendliche in Tiflis eröffnet – eine Suche nach dem individuellen Ausdruck zwischen verfallenden sozialistischen Bauten, Geschwindigkeitsrausch und Stillstand. (GoEast Film Festival)

This documentary is a story of kids, skaters, artists, musicians, in a post soviet country. A country in a distracted condition, where one can be crashed by the power of church and politics. It’s about thembeing lost in a controversial reality...

The winner of  International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam 2015/  award for Best First Appearance. IDFA Winner of different prices.


A poetic documentary about modern youth... the stories of kids, skaters, artists and musicians in a post soviet Georgia - a country in a distracted condition, where one can be crashed by the power of church and politics. A close look at the rich world of teenager dreams and sentiments, being lost searching for non existing spots of freedom and romantic state of mind.

They try to find their own values and their own ways to express their protest through transforming the established into their playground. They cover the voice of violence and aggression around them through their own voices. Do they succeed in their attempt to brake free? This documentary is a response to the society, an attempt to make a contemporary tale and bring back a little bit of magic to our modern civilization.


Director’s Note
Salome Machaidze: “I left Georgia 20 years ago. Always when re-visiting my home country, I had this crazy feeling that there was no movement and no actual world time there. This feeling always frightened me and yet it was kind of relaxing. Things in Georgia have always the double and dialectic meaning. You are sad and happy, peaceful and violent, angry and kind at the same time... Eastern and western influences clash there on each other and my country doesn’t know which way to go - so do the people, so does the culture. This conflict is palpable everywhere and observable in everyone. So I started to think about a movie...

The main inspiration for my work was the photography of my husband - David Meskhi. He has been photographing young people in Georgia since many years. He was the only Georgian person I knew, who was capturing young subcultures, sport and lifestyle of youth in those crazy years, when the Soviet 90ies were slowly moving into a new millennium... It was time when influenced by the new propaganda we started to watch MTV and US movies.”

Tamuna Karumidze: "When the Earth Seems to Be Light" is a poetic documentary telling the story of youngsters in a tough environment of a post soviet Georgia. A country in ruins, although on the surface it makes an appearance of a developing one. We are focusing on feelings and point out the controversy of the young generation with the society they live in. Our protagonist deal with the daily routine and maybe at the first site there is nothing to escape from. They try to modify the reality so that it would be possible to exist in it. The protagonists are 16 to 18 years old boys, a group of skaters and an 18 years old boy Maxime, who is already an acknowledged musician and has a quite established opinion about the world around him.
While addressing the young generation, we attempt to make a contemporary tale and give back a bit of magic to our modern society. Society that is mostly occupied with politics, wars and business and has no space left for romantic dreamers like our protagonists. Their thoughts might be naive and the ways of rejecting the reality very simple, but this is their peaceful way of escaping aggression, surrounding them on the streets, intruding in to their homes through TV channels.”

David Meskhi: “I was working as a photographer for past 8 years with different group of youngsters. Gravity and philosophy of coming of age was always part of my photographs. For the moment of creation of documentary I already knew that there are some sensitive questions and valuable aspects of youth that need to be told differently in a specific, powerful cinematic language and not as a set of photographs which both adult and youth worlds can accept and enjoy. So now we have bigger picture.
You may be not interested in Georgia as a country, in skateboarding or in hip-hop as a culture in general, but what you cannot ignore is youth, value of next generation that is completely lost. Adult world is failing as meaning of the words such as homeland, religion, love, justice and education. What seems cool is fragile, they are not sure they don’t know. In our documentary there is lot’s of noise, streets are loud, you can hear sirens all around, skaters wheels are on fire and speed of life is extreme but it’s going nowhere they are stack in the same place.”

Trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSQix_-g0fI
   
   
  Listen to the silence [მოუსმინე სიჩუმეს] GEO 2016, R: Mariam Chachia mit Luka, 80 Min, OmeU

Wie ein Märchen beginnt dieser bezaubernde Film über eine Schule für gehörlose Kinder irgendwo in Georgien. Und genauso soll es auch sein. Manchmal brauchen wir einfach Geschichten, die Mut machen. Wie die von Luka, dem Träumer, der mit dem Temperament eines kleinen Wirbelsturms in der Stille seines Körpers lebt. Bei uns würde man einen Jungen wie Luka vermutlich als hyperaktiv beschreiben und auf Ritalin setzen. An der georgischen Peripherie hingegen sagen die Lehrer: „Ihm fehlen halt die Eltern.“ Oder: „Das sind eben Jungs, die müssen mal raufen.“

Für ihre Erzählung über diesen unwahrscheinlichen Ort hat die georgische Filmemacherin Mariam Chachia eine bestechend einfache Form gewählt: In einem Klassenzimmer malt ein Mädchen Bilder zu Texten, die auf einer Tafel geschrieben stehen und die beschreiben, wie Luka sich fühlt. Zwischen diesen Kapiteln erleben wir die Schule, die Kinder, Streitereien, den glücklichen Luka und den unglücklichen, eine kleine Liebesgeschichte. Und die Stille. Plötzlich werden die Geräusche ausgeblendet, und wir hören – ein wattiges Nichts. Die Welt der Kinder. Lukas Welt. Dann kehren die Geräusche auf die Leinwand zurück und wir sehen den Tanz derer, die keine Musik hören können. Wie die Revue der Gehörlosen.

(DOK Leipzig, Matthias Heeder)

DOK Leipzig 2016: Goldene Taube - Next Masters Wettbewerb.

This enchanting film about a school for deaf children somewhere in Georgia begins like a fairytale. And that’s how it should be.

To have a dream is very natural and easy for each one of us, but, to follow it, when no one else believes in it, is the fate if only a few 9-year-old Luka dreams to step onto the stage and dance because this is the only way for him to take his place in the big world. The only world he knows is the public school for deaf children where he studies and lives. Even though it’s very difficult for him to understand and learn the rhythm of the music, he never gives up. The film ‘Listen to the Silence’ observes Luka’s life in the hidden world of this deaf society. This is a story of a young boy’s dream to be heard.
Listen to the Silence won Golden Dove, at the DOK Leipzig 2016.
   
   
  Der Freund [მეგობარი] D/ GEO 2016 R: Dito Tsintsadze mit Natia Bakhtadze, 78 Min, Original auf Deutsch

Der Film erzählt die Geschichte von Nino, einer jungen Immigrantin aus Georgien, die mit ihrem Sohn Luca in Berlin lebt. Lucas Vater ist weggelaufen und Ninos Familie, in der Heimat, will keinen Kontakt mehr mit ihr, da der Vater ihres Sohnes schwarz ist und das Kind somit auch. Allein gelassen und fern der Heimat, ohne Job, mit schlechter Bildung und wenig Perspektive, sucht sie in den Werken des berüchtigten Marquise de Sade nach Antworten.

Nachdem sie aus ihrem Job als Kellnerin entlassen wird, lernt sie in einem Berliner Park einen mysteriösen Franzosen kennen, der sich ihre Geschichte anhört und der die einzige Person zu sein scheint, die ihre Situation versteht. Fortschreitend verfällt ihr Gemütszustand den Gedanken de Sades, und sie kommt zu dem Schluss, dass die einzige Möglichkeit, ihre eigenen Wunden zu heilen, darin besteht, jemand anderem Schmerzen zuzufügen. (Hofer Filmtage 2016)

„Sehr schnell gedreht, mit kleinem Team, mit vielen Laiendarstellern, im Mittelpunkt eine ganz starke, ganz schwache Frauenfigur: Dito Tsintsadzes Der Freund ist ein halb improvisiertes Stück Kino, direkt, ungefiltert, rau.“ (kino-zeit.de)

The film tells the story of Nino, a young immigrant from Georgia, who lives with her son Luca in Berlin. Luca’s father ran off and Nino’s family back home doesn’t want to have any contact with her since the father of her son is black, and as a result, her son is, too.

Alone and far away from home with no job, a poor education and no perspectives, she looks for answers in the works of the infamous Marquise de Sade. After being fired from her job as a waitress, she meets a mysterious Frenchman in a park in Berlin. He listens to her story and seems to be the only person who understands her situation. She progressively becomes a slave to the emotional state of de Sade’s ideas and comes to the conclusion that the only way to heal her own wounds is to inflict pain upon someone else.
   
   
  Salt White [მარილივით თეთრი] GEO 2011, R: Keti Machavariani mit Nino Koridze, Gagi Svanidze, Fea Tsivadze, 80 Min, OmeU

Georgien, Schwarzmeerküste, zu Beginn des 21. Jahrhunderts: Die 35-jährige Saisonarbeiterin Nana träumt vom eigenen Café. Der Polizist Niko, ein abchasischer Flüchtling, kämpft mit den Schatten seiner Vergangenheit und das obdachlose Kind Sopo wünscht sich Strände weiß wie Salz. Als alle aufeinander treffen, kommt plötzlich Hoffnung ins Spiel.
(Filmfestival Cottbus)

Post-Soviet Georgia in the beginning of the 21st century. In a story that unfolds on Georgia’s Black Sea coast, three characters try to change their current lives. Thirty-five-year-old Nana works as a seasonal waitress who dreams of opening a small café in her home town. Police officer Niko is an Abkhazian refugee who has yet to deal with the wounds he suffered during the former conflict. Young Sopo is homeless; she hangs around with a group of young people whose high jinks the police are trying to keep under control.

While running from the cops, Sopo meets Nana, who decides to help her. The girl’s dream of beaches as white as salt moves her to take a decisive step. In her feature debut, director Keti Machavariani focuses primarily on atmosphere. Her simple visual compositions, punctuated by spare dialogue, glue viewers to their seats till the very end.

Premiered in Karlovy Vary International Filmfestival; Cottbus International Film Festival: Best Debut and Best Male Actor

Keti Machavariani (born 1972) graduated from the faculty of art of Tbilisi State University in 1995 before graduating in film direction (2002). Thanks to a scholarship from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in 2005-06 she became acquainted with the workings of Italy’s state-run RAI TV station. Back in Georgia she shot several successful short films and directed and produced television programs. “Salt White”, based on several supranational projects, is her feature debut.

Trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Lc6BSOKJ2c
   
   
  Short Films (93 Min)

This Girl Is Mine [ეს გოგონა ჩემია] GEO 2011, R: Giorgi Janelidze mit Chkheidze, Lovely Brown, 30 Min, OmeU

“This Girl is Mine” tells stories and dreams of the two little Georgian boys, one of who begs in the Batumi (Georgian city at the black sea) streets and the second copes with the problems of integration with local society and nostalgia in Munich, Germany. The (symbolic) connection of these two boys is a little lovely girl.

Nomination of the documentary short 2015: in the Great Lakes International Film Festival of the USA.

There Was A Man [იყო ერთი კაცი] GEO 2013, R: George Varsimashvili mit Kakha Mikiashvili, Nana Dalakishvili, 15 Min, OmeU - anschließend Q&A mit dem Regisseur

George Varsimashvili (born 27 April 1986 in Georgia) is an actor, film director and producer based in Paris.

My Second family [მეორე ოჯახი] GEO 2016, R: Elene Asatiani mit Anastasia Asatiani, Irakli Asatiani, Ruso Tavadze, Iveta Daniel, 13 Min, OmeU - anschließend Q&A mit der Regisseurin

Two Georgian sisters, Elene and Anastasia visit their father after long time of separation in Prag and meeting his new wife and children, his second family for the first time.

A documentary about love and longing after own father and mixed feelings of happiness of spending some time with him and his new family and tears of goodbye and sorrow for separation again.

   
   
  Lethe [ლეთა] Fr/ GEO 2015, R: Dea Kulumbegashvili mit Mikheil Gomiashvili, Dato Gogoladze, Vika Chocheva, 15 Min, OmeU

By the river of oblivion, a lonely horsemen passes through a village where children play with hidden desires, adults are indulged in a celebration and violence and love are instinctive parts of life.

The stunning cinematography triggers associations and shows glimpses of characters, rituals and memories. A feast for the eyes and an impressive second film by a young Georgian filmmaker.

Dea Kulumbegashvili was born and raised in Georgia. Dea studied film directing at Columbia University School of the Arts and media studies at The New School in New York. Her debut short film “Invisible Spaces” was the first film from independent Georgia to be part of the official competition at the Cannes International Film Festival. Her second short film “Lethe” was selected for the short film program of Cannes Directors’ Fortnight in 2016. 2015 the director was one of the Berlinale Talents.

Director’s statement: “With the film LETHE, I want to bring the audience to the world of rural Georgie in the midst of the beautiful ritual of the autumn harvest. In LETHE, violence and celebration interweave seamlessly reflecting human everyday existence.”

Trailer: www.vimeo.com/163418122
   
   
  Georgian Bread [ქართული პური] GEO 2016, R: Katie Orjonikidze-Casey mit Kakhi Kawsadze, 20 Min

Legendary Georgian actor Kakhi Kavsadze plays George, an immigrant who, despite his age and distance from his country, tries to work hard and keep up with his traditions. The story takes place in Brooklyn, in a city with its own set of rules, where we find young businessman Michael struggling to keep his bakery business going. Even though he deeply loves and respects George, his baker, he has the opportunity to swap his cozy little Georgian bakery for a sushi place that will be more profitable for his business.

Katie Orjonikidze-Casey is an award-winning director, writer and producer. She got her Master’s in Journalism back in her country, Georgia, at Tbilisi State University, and has been a political reporter over 10 years. When she came to the USA, she started writing stories about immigrants, and publishing them in various magazines and newspapers. At the same time she attended directing and producing classes at NYU and later received a BA in Art, majoring in Film Production at Brooklyn College. Her films have been screened at Cannes and Berlinale Film Festivals. (nywift.org)

Trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGRt3tr4E_w