“In Bloom” to Cannes – Will It Become Oscar Nominee?
12 December, 2013
“In Bloom” to Cannes – Will It Become Oscar Nominee?
Tbilisi International Film Festival Reveals Winners

In this year’s Tbilisi International Film Festival Georgia was well represented with nineteen films in the “Georgian panorama” category. Although Levan Koghuashvili’s “Blind Dates” did not get recognition, Zaza Urushadze’s “Tangerines” - a Georgian-Estonian co-production about the Abkhazian war and how Estonians played a role of peacemakers - and “In Bloom,” by Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Gross, did win awards.
First Prize - a trip to the Cannes International Film Festival sponsored by the Institute
of France in Tbilisi and TBC Bank - went to “In Bloom.” Second Prize - a trip to the Göteborg International Film Festival, sponsored by the Swedish Institute and the Embassy of Sweden - went to “Tangerines”.
“In Bloom” is about teenagers in early 1992. There is hardly anything to eat and laugh at, but they are 14 years old. The protagonist Natia is a beautiful girl with many admirers. Eventually one of them, Kote, kidnaps her, as happened quite often then.
Soon life becomes intolerable for the young girl, who is not even permitted to observe her birthday. She flees, together with Eka, her schoolmate. While having dinner, they occasionally hear music. This is from Lado, a former admirer whom she loved; he is sitting in the yard, having brought along a band to play and sing for her. They listen motionlessly.
Soon Kote arrives and demands that she go home. Lado is chased by his men and eventually killed by a knife. The girl is in despair and wants to take revenge with a gun that Lado had presented to her to protect herself. However, her friend Eka does not permit this foolish act, and they throw the gun into the water.
The film is impressive, and Scott Finberg has named “In Bloom” as a contender to be one of 13 nominees for best films at the Oscars.
At the well organized and mannered awards ceremony the top prize, the Golden Prometheus for Best Film, went to Archil Kavtaradze’s “Disorder”. The next most coveted prize, the Silver Prometheus for Best Direction, went to the Turkish director Erdem Tepegöz, for his film “Particle.” The Sergey Paradjanov Prize for Best Film Aesthetics and Visuals went to “Medeas,” by Andrea Pallaoro.
During the festival there was a press conference for the EU-funded project Directors Across Borders. Speakers included filmmakers from Georgia, and leadership of Golden Apricot from Armenia. International experts talked about the increasing role of co-production inside the Eastern Partnership countries, in a conference called, “Co-production and the Eastern Partnership Region - Obstacles, Opportunities and Harmonization.” The project Film Across Borders showcased films from the Eastern Partnership countries, their screening history, culture, and traditions, and relevance to the human experience.
The festival was comprehensive, and featured the trilogy by Ulrich Seidl, “Paradise: – Love,” “Paradise – Faith”, and “Paradise – Hope;” he was the Director in Focus. Michael Hoffman’s “The Last Station” closed the festival. It is the story of Leo Tolstoy’s final year. The film stars Helen Mirren, Christopher Plummer, James Macavoy and Paul Giamatti. Hoffman’s screenplay was awarded the prize for Best International Literary Adaptation by the Frankfurt Book Fair.

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