Which Georgian films will hit the screen in 2017
22 October, 2016
Which Georgian films will hit the screen in 2017
International publications have been writing about various successful Georgian films lately. They say our film industry has found a new lease of life and in spite of the fact that most of the movies still deal with the war in Abkhazia, there are also quite a lot of them that depict social dramas. As examples, we can name the films of two wonderful Georgian directors. They are Nana Ekvtimishvili’s In Bloom and Rusudan Chkonia’s Smile. Nino Basilaia’s Ana’s Life and
Levan Koguashvili’s Blind Dates must also be noted.

2017 will be an important and very interesting year of Georgian film industry, as several movies are about to be released.

MY HAPPY FAMILY

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What will you think if one day, your 50-plus-year-old neighbor, acquaintance, relative, mother or wife, who had spent all her life looking after her family, decides to begin a new and independent life.

After In Bloom, which was screened in more than one hundred festivals around the world and was named one of the most successful movies of 2013, My Happy Family is the second collaboration of Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Gross. The film tells the story of a Georgian family in Tbilisi, where the representatives of three generations live in the same apartment. Many say that Ekvtimishvili’s main and the most important treat is that she creates wonderful images of women and this new movie is no exception. The main character is Manana Mkheidze, a schoolteacher of Georgian language and literature, who, one day, decides to totally change her life. My Happy Family is a joint work of Georgian, German and French filmmakers and it was shot with the support from Georgian National Center of Cinematography and European Foundation of Cinematography.

The main characters are played by Ia Shugliashvili, Merab Ninidze and Berta Khapava.

The movie will be premiered for Georgian and international audiences in 2017.


MONK
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The Oscar nominated director Zaza Urushadze is back after almost a year and a half and is working on a new drama called Monk. Urushadze says the movie is about forgiving and it is not like any of his earlier works. The films tells the story of a monk, who is sent to one of the rural churches. The main characters are portrayed by Dimitri Tatishvili and Nata Murvanidze.

KHIBULA
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Giorgi Ovashvili, after The Other Bank, is working on a new drama called Khibula that tells the story of the first President of Georgia, Zviad Gamsakhurdia, more precisely, of the last 50 days of his life. Ovashvili first had the idea of making this movie 10 years ago, but then he had decided to distance himself from this very sensitive subject, because he thought he could not be totally unbiased. Ovashvili says Khibula is not about Gamsakhurdia as a historical figure but rather about loneliness and loss of power in general.

HOSTAGES
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Rezo Gigineishvili is going to revive the story of ‘Airplane Boys’ in his new movie called Hostages. This film is based on a true story that took place in 1983, when several young Georgians tried to hijack a plane to flee the communist regime. Of course this is just a small list of all the Georgian movies that are due for release in 2017. There is at least one more that is highly anticipated but its plot is still kept in secret. We are talking about Levan Koguashvili’s film called The Fourth Brighton. Several animated films are also planned to be released next year.

Source: on.ge

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