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Action! 18th Tbilisi International Film Festival kicks off
04 December, 2017
With tonight’s screening the Tbilisi International Film Festival starts for the 18th time.

Founded in 2000, the festival has gotten more attention in recent years, as Gaga Chkheidze, General Director Tbilisi Film Festival, points out: “More people want to come, to join us during the festival. Especially filmmakers from Europe.”

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The festival team at the press conference. (Photograph: Tbilisi International Film Festival)

This year’s program emphasizes on the contemporary life of “young heroes”. In the principal section of the festival,
10 films of young European filmmakers are competing. “We wanted to show movies about people who are fighting for their rights, who are looking for love, peace, luck, for a place in the society. People who are asking questions, who are struggling. People who are looking for their identities”, Gaga Chkheidze explains.

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"Falling" is a story about the post-revolutionary generation of young Ukrainian people looking for their place in a modern Ukraine.

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"Brazilok" is the Hungarian contribution to the international competition at Tbilisi International Film Festival.

Among the 10 films in the international competition is “Scary Mother”, the feature film debut of the Georgian director Ana Urushadze. The movie tells the story of a mother and author who struggles with choosing between her family and her passion for writing. “Scary Mother” has won several prices, among them the top price at the Sarajevo Film Festival and the price for best first feature film at Locarno.

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Ana Urushadze’s prize-winning debut “Scary Mother” is shown at the festival.

According to the festival director, the films popularity stands for the recent success of the Georgian cinema: “Georgian productions are present on almost every festival in Europe and even outside Europe. We show a new movie by the Georgian director Zaza Khalvashi that premiered in Japan, at the Tokyo Film Festival. Georgian filmmakers are everywhere.”

Besides the international competition and the “Georgian Panorama” Tbilisi International Film Festival shows a wide range of other films with sections such as “Forum of European Cinema”, “Horizons”, a platform for filmmakers outside of Europe, or “Country in Focus” which is dedicated to Hungary this year. The festival also holds other events, such as book presentations or workshops and trainings for young professionals.

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Tbilisi International Film Festival takes place from the 4th until the 10th of December.



Program:

International Competition:
1. Brazilians - Csaba M. Kiss, Gábor Rohonyi, Hungary 2017, 95'
2. Damned Summer - Pedro Cabeleira, Portugal 2017, 127'
3. Falling - Marina Stepanska, Ukraine 2017, 105'
4. Ravens - Jens Assur, Sweden 2017, 107'
5. Scaffolding - Matan Yair, Israel 2017, 94'
6. Star Boys - Visa Koiso-Kanttila, Finland 2017, 82'
7. Summer 1993 - Carla Simon Pipó, Spain 2017, 96'
8. The Charmer - Milad Alami, Denmark/Sweden/France 2017, 100'
9. The Gulf - Emre Yeksan, Turkey 2017, 110'
10. Scary Mother - Ana Urushadze, Georgia/Estonia 2017, 107'

European Forum:
12. A Ciambra - Jonas Carpignano, I/D/F/SE 2017, 120'
13. A Gentle Creature - Sergei Loznitsa, F/RU/D/LT/NL/UA 2017, 143'
14. Arrhythmia - Boris Khlebnikov, Russia/Finland/Germany 2017, 116'
15. Call Me By Your Name - Luca Guadagnino, Italy/France 2017, 130'
16. Exiled - Davis Simanis, Latvia 2016, 100'
17. Frost - Sharunas Bartas, Lithuania/France 2017, 132'
18. Glory - Kristina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov, Bulgaria 2016, 101'
19. Hannah - Andrea Pallaoro, Italy/France/Belgium/USA 2017, 95'
20. Happy End - Michael Haneke, France/Germany/Austria, 2017, 107'
21. Inflame - Ceylan Özgün Özçelik, Turkey 2017, 94'
22. Let the Summer Never Come Again - Alexandre Koberidze, Germany 2017, 202'
23. Pomegranate Orchard - Ilgar Najaf, Azerbaijan 2017, 89'
24. Requiem For Mrs. J. - Bojan Vuletić, Serbia/Bulgaria/Macedonia/Russia/France 2017, 94'
25. Sarajevo Songs of Woe - Fred Kelemen, Bosnia & Herzegovina/Germany 2016, 140'
26. Spoor - Agnieszka Holland, Kasia Adamik, Poland 2017, 127'
27. The First, The Last - Bouli Lanners, Belgium/France 2016, 98'
28. The Other Side of Hope - Aki Kaurismäki, Finland/Germany 2017, 100'
29. Winter Brothers - Hlynur Pálmason, Denmark/Iceland 2017, 94'
30. Yeva - Anahid Abad, Armenia/Iran 2017, 95'

French Collection:
31. 120 BPM 120 - Robin Campillo, France 2017, 140'
32. Ismael's Ghosts - Arnaud Desplechin, France 2017, 114'
33. Let the Sunshine In - Claire Denis, France 2017, 94'
34. Redoubtable - Michel Hazanavicius, France 2017, 107'
35. The Double Lover - François Ozon, France/Belgium 2017, 107'
36. The Midwife - Martin Provost, France/Belgium 2017, 117'

Horizons:
37. Blade Of The Immortal - Takeshi Miike 2017, 140'
38. Guilty Men - Ivan D. Ganoa, Colombia 2016, 115'
39. Joaquim - Marcelo Gomes, Brazil/Portugal 2017, 94'
40. Los perros - Marcela Said, Chile/France 2017, 94'
41. Malaria - Parviz Shahbazi, Iran 2016, 90'
42. Mr. Long - Sabu, Japan/Hong Kong,China/Taiwan/Germany 2017, 129'
43. Radiance - Naomi Kawase, Japan/France 2017, 101'
44. Sexy Durga - Sanal Kumar Sasidharan, India 2017, 85'
45. Simulation - Abed Abest, Iran 2017, 84'
46. The Day After - Hong Sang-soo, South Korea 2017, 92'
47. The Shape of Water - Guillermo Del Toro, USA 2017, 123'

Country in Focus: Hungary
48. 1945 - Ferenc Török, Hungary 2017, 91'
49. Afterlife - Virág Zomborácz, Hungary 2014, 95'
50. Jupiter's Moon - Kornél Mundruczó, Hungary 2017, 100'
51. Kills On Wheels - Attila Till, Hungary 2016, 105'
52. Land of Storms - Ádám Császi, Hungary 2014, 107'
53. Lily Lane - Benedek Fliegauf, Hungary 2016, 91'
54. Liza The Fox Fairy - Károly Ujj Mészáros, Hungary 2015, 98'
55. My Guide - Barnabás Tóth, Hungary 2016, 13'
56. On Body and Soul - Ildikó Enyedi, Hungary 2017, 116'
57. Sing - Kristóf Deák, Hungary 2016, 25'
58. Son of Saul - László Nemes, Hungary 2015, 107'
59. Symphony no.42 - Réka Bucsi, Hungary 2014, 10'
60. The Citizen - Roland Vranik, Hungary 2017, 109'
61. The Execution - Petra Szöcs, Hungary 2014, 14'

Canada 150
61. A Moon of Nickel and Ice - François Jacob, 2017, 110' Canada | Russia
62. Hi, It's Your Mother! - Daniel Sterling Altman, Canada 2017, 5'
63. Lira's Forest - Connor Jessup, Canada 2017, 9'
64. Mutants - Alexandre Dostie, Canada 2016, 17'
65. Scaffold - Kazik Radwanski, Canada 2017, 15'
66. Sleeping Giant - Andrew Cividino, Canada 2015, 91'
67. The Forbidden Room - Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson, Canada 2015, 130'
68. The Demons - Philippe Lesage, Canada 2015, 119'
69. Voiceless - David Uloth, Canada 2015, 23'

Director in Focus:
70. A Skin So Soft - Denis Cote, Canada 2017, 94'
71. Curling - Denis Cote, Canada 2010, 96'
72. Vic + Flo Saw a Bear - Denis Cote, Canada 2013, 95'

ART
73. Afterimage - Andrzej Wajda, Poland 2016, 98'
74. Beuys - Andres Veiel, Germany 2017, 107'
75. Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat - Sara Driver, USA 2017, 78'
76. Casting - Nicolas Wackerbarth, Germany 2017, 91‘
77. If I Think of Germany at Night - Romuald Karmakar, Germany 2017, 105'
78. Mr. Gaga - Tomer Heymann, Israel 2015, 100'
79. The Graduation - Claire Simon, France 2016, 115'
80. The Square - Ruben Östlund, Sweden/Germany/France/Denmark 2017, 142'

Georgian Panorama:
Full-length Fictions
81. I Am Truly a Drop of Sun on Earth - Elene Naveriani, Switzerland/Georgia 2017, 61'
82. Khibula - Giorgi Ovashvili, Georgia/Germany/ France, 2017, 99'
83. Luka - George Barabadze, Georgia, 2016, 82'
84. My Happy Family - Nana & Simon, Georgia/Germany/France, 2017, 120'
85. Namme - Zaza Khalvashi, Georgia/Lithuania, 2017, 91
86. Scary Mother - Ana Urushadze, Georgia/Estonia, 2017, 107'
87. The Chair - Eldar Shengelaia, Georgia, 2017, 99'

Shorts
88. 8 Minutes - Giorgi Abramishvili, Dato Gogichaishvili,Georgia, 2017, 13'
89. Ana - Margo Zubashvili, Georgia, 2017, 30'
90. Andro - Tornike Gogrichiani, Georgia, 2017, 25'
91. Fishing - Tornike Bziava, Georgia/France, 2017, 18'
92. Halk - Giga Baindurashvili, Sandro Naveriani, Georgia, 2017, 15
93. Meeting at the Refrigerator - Khatuna Khundadze, Georgia, 4'
94. Stairs - George Varsimashvili, Poland/Georgia, 2017, 4'
95. The End - Nino sardlishvili, Georgia 2016, 8'
96. The Perfect Order - Anna Sarukhanova, Katalina Bakradze, Georgia 2017, 14'
97. Three Steps - Ioseb "Soso" Bliadze, Georgia 2017, 20'

Animation
98. Fourteen Crystals Theory - Giorgi Maskharashvili, Georgia 2017, 2'
99. Geno - Davit Kiknavelidze, Georgia, 2017, 13'
100. Horizon - Davit Kiknavelidze, Georgia, 2017, 5'
101. Pocket Man - Ana Chubinidze , France/Swiss/Georgia, 2016, 7'
102. The Kite - Vladimer Sulakvelidze, Georgia, 2016, 15'

Documentaries
103. City of the Sun - Rati Oneli, Georgia/Netherlands/Qatar/United States of America, 2017, 104'
104. Didube, the Last Stop - Shorena Tevzadze, Georgia/ Switzerland, 2017, 65
105. Gogita's New Life - Levan Koghuashvili, Georgia/Kroatia/ Ukraine/Russia, 2016, 72'
106. Institution N16 - Alexander Koridze, 2017, Georgia, 64'
107. Refugee Boat Enguri - Vakhtang Varazi , Georgia, 2016, 70'
108. The Trader - Tamta Gabrichidze, Georgia, 2016, 23'

Apollo: Memories of German Cinema
109. Coming Out - Heiner Carow, DDR 1989, 112'
110. Germany, Pale Mother - Helma Sanders-Brahms, 1979, 123'
111. In a Year with Thirteen Moons - Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1978, 119'
112. Nosferatu - F.W. Murnau, 1921, 95'
113. Paris, Texas - Wim Wenders, 1983/1984, 144'
114. Seven Journeys - Helmut Käutner, 1948, 111'
115. The Blue Angel - Josef von Sternberg 1929/30, 103'
116. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari - Robert Wiene, 1919/1920, 77'

Student Films:
117. Chapter One - Lasha Labadze, Georgia, 2017, 2'
118. Chasing after Reflection - Georgia, Rusudan Sukhitashvili, 2017, 24'
119. Donor - Tedo Dolidze, Georgia, 2017, 35'
120. The Fight - Natia Kvirchiladze, Georgia, 2017, 29'
121. Happy Death - Samir Huseynov, Azerbaijan, 2017, 8'
122. The Lonely Shepherd - Orxan Adigözəlov, Azerbaijan, 2017, 7'

Festival TOFUZI presents:
123. The Loss - Yevgenija Khazikhanova, Russia 2017, 5'
124. Penelope - Heta Jäälinoja, Finland/Estonia 2016, 4'
125. No Offence - Kris Borghs, Belgium 2016, 7'
126. Manivald - Chintis Lundgren, Estonia/Croatia/Canada 2017, 13'
127. Button - Maxim Kulikov, Russia 2016, 8'
128. 9 Ways to Draw a Person - Sasha Svirsky, Russia 2016, 7'

Special Screenings:

129. The Big Green Valley - Merab Kokochashvili, USSR 1967, 90'
130. Far Away - André Téchiné, France/Spain 2001, 120'
131. Angels of Sorrow - Teona Jorbenadze, Georgia 2017, 48'

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