Hamlet 2017 – First Georgian movie shot with a mobile phone
16 March, 2017
Hamlet 2017 – First Georgian movie shot with a mobile phone
The screening of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet will soon hit the movie theatres in Georgia. The most significant part about this fact is that it will be the first ever Georgian feature film shot with a mobile phone. The director and scriptwriter Giorgi Megrelishvili says the idea came to him quite a while ago, but he was unable to make it until now, due to the lack of funds.

“I refused to give up and decided to find alternative ways for my dream to come true. That is exactly why I used modern technologies and filmed my dream-movie with a mobile phone,” Megrelishvili told Georgian Journal.

The action takes place in 21st century, where, unlike the immortal Shakespeare tragedy, the criminal drama happens in the presidential administration.
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The story is told by Horatio (Otto Darchiashvili), because the last words of Hamlet are directed towards him:

“If thou didst ever hold me
in thy heart
Absent thee from felicity a while,
And in this harsh world draw thy breath in pain
To tell my story.”

The director says this is the reason why the story is narrated by Horatio – the man who saw everything with his own eyes.

The main idea of the film is that a human being is ready to do anything in order to come to power.

“That’s what William Shakespeare wanted to say too. The centuries pass but fight for the power remains,” Giorgi Megrelishvili says.
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The role of Hamlet is played by Megrelishvili himself, Shakespeare is portrayed by Archil Gogotishvili and Ophelia by Ani Nikolashvili.

Hamlet 2017 is almost finished and now the process of sound recording is underway.

The film will be premiered on April 23, the birthday of William Shakespeare.

“We decided on this date on purpose and we are expecting a very good feedback… and Oscars!” – Megrelishvili says.
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