Georgia Ambassador Zurab Katchkatchishvili invites Indian filmmakers

Panaji, December 5, 2010 (Calcutta Tube/IBNS) Ambassador of Georgia to India, Zurab Katchkatchishvili, has invited Indian filmmakers for engaging in co-productions with Georgian film industry.

Present at Goa to represent his country and its Cinema at IFFI 2010 where Georgia is one of the Countries in Focus, Katchkatchishvili, while interacting with press, said that Georgian government will provide incentives to the filmmakers, especially to Indian film makers, who opt for co-productions or shoot in Georgia.

He said, the government is working on some of the tax incentives and would do all possible to facilitate the film makers coming to Georgia.

He also informed the press that representatives of Indian film industry will be visiting Georgia before the end of this year to see the picturesque locales and to explore possibilities of co-productions. Pitching for his country, he said that it is a small country with diversified and beautiful landscapes which offer a huge variety to any film maker.

The Ambassador said, “We would like to get more Indian filmmakers to Georgia making it more appealing than Switzerland.”

Talking about the long and rich tradition of cinema in Georgia, Nana Janelidze, Director & Script Writer shared with the Press the under-currents of Cinema of her country.

She also invited Indian filmmakers to her country and described lack of funding as one of the main impediment for lesser number of films being produced there.

Since its independence from the Soviet Union some 20 years back, Georgia has only produced 20 movies. The country has been through turbulent times witnessing 3 civil wars and financial crisis. On an average, 3 movies are produced every year now. Most of the films produced are co-productions.

In the Country Focus on Georgia at IFFI 2010, 5 films will be screened.

The opening day saw the screening of Ms. Nana Janelidze’s film Repentance (1984). The other films which will be screened here include Pirosmani (1969), The Legend of Suram Fortress (1984), The Sun of the Sleepless (1992) and A Trip to Karabakh (2005). Georgian cinema qualifies as one of the world’s best-kept secrets of international cinema. Sharp in style, imagery, poetry yet savage, innovative, visceral, and energetic and at the same time rooted in literature, the arts as well as cognition.

Georgian cinema survives today with a long, complex and turbulent history. Cinema came to Georgia at the same time as in Europe in 1896. It travelled to various parts of Georgia and several cinema theatres opened up, however 1908 is officially considered the year cinema was born in Georgia.

It is hoped that the films being screened at IFFI will give an insight to the delegates into the various styles of film making, the themes which dominated the various decades, how a propagandist stance emerged in the Georgian cinema of the forties (considered a period of stagnation), and how the end of the fifties saw a new wave of film directors and screenwriters.

During the 60s, a new kind of protagonist who took on the establishment, laws and stereotypes was introduced. Several films from the 60s and the 70s were considered dissident in Soviet Georgia as they used metaphor, symbolism and national folklore as an expression of protest the soviet system.

In recent years Georgian cinema is once again making a comeback. With new financial support from the state as well as private industry a new generation of talented filmmakers, along with those who stopped making films in the 90s, are making a mark.

Many of them have received several international film festivals awards.

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