Georgian Films came to IFFI 2010

Panaji, December 5, 2010 (Calcutta Tube/IBNS) The International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2010 saw the launch of cinema from Georgia under the Country Focus section by Entertainment Society of Goa.

Four films from Georgia directed by talented directors hailing from erstwhile USSR will be showcased.

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, co – scriptwriter of the inaugural film Monanieba (Repentance) was present at the event, alongwith Manoj Srivastava, CEO, Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG).

Qualified as one of the world’s best-kept secrets of international cinema, Georgian cinema is considered sharp in style, imagery, poetry yet savage, innovative, visceral, energetic and at the same time rooted in literature, the arts as well as cognition.

The inaugural film Monanieba (Repentance) has received critical acclaim across the world, including the special jury prize at the Cannes film festival in the 1980s.

Other films to be screened under Georgia Film Focus includes Temur Babluani’s ‘Udzinarta mze’ (The Sun of the Sleepless), Sergei Parajanov’s ‘Ambavi Suramis tsikhitsa’ (The Legend of Suram Fortress), Georgy Shengelaya’s ‘Pirosmani’ and Levan Tutberidze’s ‘Gaseirneba Karabaghshi’ (A Trip to Karabakh).

Out of the four movies shortlisted for the country focus section at IFFI, ‘Pirosmani’ deals with the life of Georgian painter Niko Pirosmanashvili and ‘Gaseirneba Karabaghshi’ (A Trip to Karabakh) tackles the subject of civil war and the futility of conflict.

Manoj Srivastava, CEO, Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG) said, “Georgian cinema has a beauty of its own which was appreciated by all delegates present for the screening of Monanieba (Repentance). Deeply rooted in history and literary arts, the art form has evolved over the 100 years since the country first started making movies. The films selected this year are an excellent collection.”

About the Georgian films being screened at IFFI 2010:

1.   Film: English Title: The Sun of the Sleepless

Original Title: Udzinarta mze

Director: Temur Babluani

Year: 1992

Synopsis:

This film is in memory of the Georgian warriors of all times who had given their lives for their country. It is based on an old Georgian legend: Preparing to defend their country from the onslaught of foreign conquerors, people started building a fortress, but each time the wall had reached the roof level, it collapsed. “The wall will hold if the most handsome young man is immured in it,” predicted a fortune-teller; hence forward stepped a young man who was ready to sacrifice his life for his country. Thanks to that self-sacrifice, the fortress was erected, and nothing and no one could ever destroy it.

2.   Film: English Title: The Legend of Suram Fortress

Original Title: Ambavi Suramis tsikhitsa

Director: Sergei Parajanov, David Abashidze

Year: 1984

Synopsis

This film is in memory of the Georgian warriors of all times who had given their lives for their country. It is based on an old Georgian legend: Preparing to defend their country from the onslaught of foreign conquerors, people started building a fortress, but each time the wall had reached the roof level, it collapsed. “The wall will hold if the most handsome young man is immured in it,” predicted a fortune-teller; hence forward stepped a young man who was ready to sacrifice his life for his country. Thanks to that self-sacrifice, the fortress was erected, and nothing and no one could ever destroy it.

3.   Film: English Title: Repentance

Original Title: Monanieba

Director: Tenghiz Abuladze

Year: 1984

Synopsis:

The day after the funeral of Varlam Aravidze, the mayor of a small Georgian town, his corpse turns up in his son’s garden and is secretly reburied. But the corpse keeps returning, and the police eventually capture a local woman Zeinab Botsvadze accusing her of digging it up. Zeinab who had suffered mightily under the mayor’s regime, refuses to allow the old man’s corpse to be interred. Despite the son’s Herculean efforts, Botsvadze continues digging up the late mayor’s body, a symbolic gesture to prevent the dead man’s villainy from being forgotten. Repentance was the first Soviet film that openly denounced the horrors of Stalinism. The Georgian director Tengiz Abuladze, known for his poetic and surrealist films, chose to make it allegorical, deliberately using anachronisms and making the leading character look like a combination of Stalin’s henchman Lavrenti Beriya, Hitler, and Mussolini. The last name chosen for the leading character, Aravidze, is totally fictional as there is no such name in Georgia. In fact, “aravi” means “nobody” in Georgian. The film won many awards including the Cannes Film Festival Special Jury Prize.

4.   Film: English Title: Pirosmani

Original Title: Pirosmani

Director: Georgy Shengelaya

Year: 1969

Synopsis:

This 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.

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