“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.

Print
Other Stories
Hotel Heritage Hotel & Suites opens in Tbilisi
Hotel Heritage Hotel & Suites was opened in Tbilisi, Saint-Petersburg street 6.
Livescore yesterday and the “Goddess” from Bergamo
The inhabitants of Bergamo have long been waiting for the triumph of their football team.
“Holiday Factory pioneered Georgia in the UAE to become famous”
Holiday Factory was officially announced as The Best Incoming Tour Operator 2019 at Welcome To Georgia! National Tourism Award event held in Sheraton Grand Metekhi Palace in Tbilisi on Friday, Dec 6th.
Kavkaz Jazz Festival presents: 22nd and 23rd of November, Tbilisi Music Forum and Showcase.
It is the first year for Tbilisi Music Forum and Showcase. Main goal of the event is development of music industry in Georgia and South Caucasus region.
Sam Raan Spa-Center named Best Spa in Europe
The Sam Raan Spa-Center has been named the Best Spa in Europe at the annual Haute Grandeur Global Spa Awards 2019 and won the following nominations:
Region’s Largest Startup Event to be Held in Tbilisi
On November 8-10, 2019, regional Startup Grind event will be held in Tbilisi.
Georgian royal family introduces new wine brand "Prince Ioane Bagrationi"
Member of the Georgian royal family Prince Ioane Bagrationi introduced the society new wine brand named after him - "Prince Ioane Bagrationi".
Georgia Celebrates Day of Svetitskhoveli Cathedral today

The day of Mtskheta city and Svetitskhoveli Cathedral is celebrated on 14 October in Georgia.

Georgian Wine Festival 2019 to be held on October 12 on the Shardeni street
Those who are interested and want to know more about Georgian wine can attend Georgian Wine Festival 2019 on October 12 on the Shardeni street. Event starts at 12 pm and lasts till 7 pm.
UNESCO names Tbilisi as Capital of World Book 2021
UNESCO has named Tbilisi as the Capital of the World Book 2021.
Robot Mzia’s preparation for First global – she plays basketball and does pull ups
After the famous robot Vano, Robot Mzia is preparing for the international competition “First Global.”
What comes after Frankfurt? Paris!
The year following the appearance as guest of honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair is known as a difficult one. What are the strategies of Georgian publishers for 2019?
Georgia has its first photography museum
With the Tbilisi Photography & Multimedia Museum (TPMM) Georgia has its first institution entirely dedicated to the contemporary image in its different forms – photography, new media, and video.
„The eighth life“ has arrived home
More than 100'000 Germans have already read it, the Dutch and Polish as well. But it was only last May that Nino Haratischwili's “The eighth life for Brilka” was translated for Georgian readers.
“We will fight for Georgian literature”
One year after Georgia’s well received appearance at the Frankfurt Book Fair, the organizational mastermind, Medea Metreveli, lost her job. Now she's coming up with a new project.
Los Angeles Times about Khatia Buniatishvili – “A genuine musical personality”
Los Angeles Times has recently reviewed the Los Angeles Philharmonic celebration at the Hollywood Bowl marking Gustavo Dudamel’s 10 years with the orchestra.
Important facts about Georgian painter Elene Akhvlediani
Elene Akhvlediani was one of the first recognized female painters in Georgia.
Georgian soprano to perform in a play directed by Woody Allen
Georgian soprano Tsisana Giorgadze will perform in a play directed by Woody Allen.
Georgian Cinematographer Becomes a Member of Motion Picture Academy
Giorgi Shvelidze, Georgian cinematographer has been selected as a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Georgian Shilda winery announced winner of  the EU Sustainable Energy Award for Eastern Partnership
The European Union has announced the winner of the EU Sustainable Energy Award for the Eastern partnership at the Awards Ceremony in Brussels on 18 June.
15 years of creating opportunity for journalists - BP and British Council in Georgia offer English Language Courses for members of the Georgian Media
BP initiated media development program has trained more than 400 representatives on print, broadcast and online media in English language in Georgia.
What Georgian Pirosmani and Spanish Picasso have in common
Niko Pirosmani was a Georgian primitivist painter.
New York City's largest mural features Gurian Horseman
The largest mural in New York City was unveiled last year.
Three songs to know more about Georgian music
Georgia boasts about its rich traditional music.
Georgian – shop for tourists
The largest book shop in Georgia ,,Biblusi’’ has opened the first shop specially designated to the needs and interests of tourists and named it ,,Georgian’’.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
GEL Exchange Rate
Convertor
17.01.2020
18.01.2020
USD
1
USD
2.8818
2.8781
EUR
1
EUR
3.2158
3.2002
GBP
1
GBP
3.7639
3.7556
RUB
100
RUB
4.6718
4.6888