Georgian stand opened at European Film Market, Berlinale 2018
16 February, 2018
Georgian stand opened at European Film Market, Berlinale 2018
The 68th annual Berlin International Film Festival has just been launched. American film director Wes Anderson's Isle of Dogs, an animated film starring a pack of dogs and a 12-year-old boy, kicked off this year's Berlinale, followed by other highlights such as Stephen Soderbergh's Unsane and José Padilha's 7 Days in Entebbe.
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This year marks a special success for Georgian cinema at Berlinale. Georgian stand has already been set up at the European Film Market, business platform of the Berlin International Film Festival. Emerging Georgian directors and actors will be honored for their distinguished works within the frames of the festival.
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Ioseb Gogichaishvili, Jano Izoria, Giorgi Bochorishvili, and Lili Okroshidze in Horizon  (2018)

The world premiere screening of the Georgian film “Horizon” directed by Tinatin Kajrishvili will be held within the section Panorama of the Berlin International film Festival. The premiere will take place on February 16th. The film was developed with the support of the Georgian National Film Centre. It is a Georgian-Swiss co-production. Leading roles in the film are played by Ia Sukhitashvili and George Bochorishvili. The cast also includes: Soso Gogichaishvili, Nana Datuashvili, Jano Izoria and Lika Okroshidze.
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Irakli Kvirikadze

Young Georgian actor Irakli Kvirikadze, best known for starring in 2017 drama film Hostages directed by Rezo Gigineishvili, is among the 10 most promising European actors selected by the European Film Promotion.

Promising Georgian actor has recently been featured in a trailer for the 10 most talented young actors throughout Europe. The trailer introduces 10 emerging talents with the most impressive episodes of their roles in recent films.

It is noteworthy that Irakli Kvirikadze is the first Georgian actor who was nominated for such prestigious award. He was named in the European Shooting Stars selection released by EFP (European Film Promotion) in December.
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A scene from the movie Hostages

The group will take part in a dedicated workshop program, rounded off by an awards ceremony at the Berlinale Palast on Monday, February 19, where each actor will be given a European Shooting Stars Award.
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A scene from the movie My Happy Family

My Happy Family, a 2017 Georgian drama film directed by Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Gross, has been nominated for Germany's prestigious LOLA Awards. The screenings of My Happy Family will take place as part of a special retrospective LOLA at Berlinale, from February 18th to February 21st, at the Delphi Cinema. After the screening of the film audience will meet the cast of the film.

The BERLINALE CLASSICS section of the 68th Berlin International Film Festival will present the world premieres of a total of seven films in digitally restored versions.
Georgian director Mikheil Kalatozishvili's (Kalatozov) film The Cranes Are Flying (shot in USSR in 1957) will be screened in the section Berlinale Classics at Berlin International Film Festival as well.
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The Cranes Are Flying (1957)

The Cranes Are Flying was Soviet cinema’s first international hit after World War II. This unusual black-and-white film’s expressionist images tell the tragic story of two lovers after Germany's invasion of the Soviet Union. It depicts the cruelty of war and the impact it has on humans’ psychology.
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Namme (2017)

A new film “NAMME” directed by Zaza Khalvashi will be screened as part of the section - Market Screenings introducing films to potential buyers from around the world.

Yet another significant success of Georgian cinema at Berlinale was that the debate week was opened with German premiere of the winner of many international awards, Georgian director Ana Urushadze’s debut feature Scary Mother.
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Ana Urushadze

The Critics’ Week will last until February 22. The Berlin Critics Week is held for the fourth time this year. It offers latest successful films from different countries throughout the world and interesting public discussions about these films.

This year three Georgian filmmakers will participate in the platform Berlinale Talents, which is one of the biggest and the most important platforms in the network. Screenwriter and producer Nino Varsimashvili, director and producer Rati Tsiteladze and director Anna Sarukhanova are among 250 promising filmmakers from 81 countries.

The Georgian filmmakers have attracted the Berlinale team’s attention with recent successes.
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Talents at the Berlinale Talents summit in 2017. (Photograph: David Ausserhofer)

It is also noteworthy that Rati Tsiteladze’s and Nino Varsimashvili’s Georgian project “The Empty House” will be screened as part of the Berlinale Talent Project Market, as it was one out of ten projects selected to be pitched at the Market. The participants of the Berlinale Talent Project Market are given the opportunity to pitch their projects, meet potential producers, sales agents and partners.

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Dato Turashvili

Moreover, Dato Turashvili is the first Georgian writer to be featured at a book section of the Berlinale Film Festival. The Books at Berlinale will be held within the frames of the Berlinale Co-Production Market on February 19, 2018.

Within the frames of cooperation of the Georgian National Book Center and Sulakauri Publishing, award-winning Georgian author’s novel The Other Amsterdam was selected among a dozen books for the event. The presentation of the work will be held together with the prospect of a film adaptation of its script.

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Georgian actor among 10 best emerging actors to be honored at Berlinale 2018

Three Georgian filmmakers selected as Berlinale talents

Georgian director’s film Scary Mother to open Critics’ Week at Berlinale

Dato Turashvili is first Georgian writer featured at Berlinale book section

Emerging Georgian director’s Scary Mother among films of 2018 to watch

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