5 films to know more about the history of Georgia
07 March, 2019
5 films to know more about the history of Georgia
Georgia has always been internationally acclaimed due to its cinematography. In recent years, numerous Georgian films have been awarded significant titles and globally appreciated. Meanwhile, more and more Georgian actors and actresses participate in international films. Georgian cinematography reflects the history of Georgia, the country’s good and bad times. Look at 5 films that tell the story of a small country in the Caucasus, at the crossroads of Europe and Asia.

In Bloom (2013)

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The film reflects Tbilisi, the capital of
Georgia in 1992. It is directed by Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Groß. Friends Eka and Natia are subjected to the terrible situation in Georgia leaving their childhood behind. They try to escape their turbulent family lives and the gloomiest environment in the city. During the “gloomy 90s” people lacked electricity, gas, water, and basic necessities. Queuing up for hours to get bread, bride kidnapping and the high number of crimes and murders were the nightmares of the period. The film acutely resonates with those who experienced Georgia’s 90s.

5 Days of War (2011)

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A drama is about the war between Russia and Georgia over the Russian-backed breakaway Tskhinvali region. The film follows the story of an American journalist, his cameraman, and a Georgian native who become caught in the crossfire. 5 Days of War is directed by Finnish director Renny Harlin and starred by a Hollywood actor Andy Garcia.

Repentance (1984)

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“The day after the funeral of Varlam Aravidze, the mayor of a small Georgian town, his corpse turns up in his son's garden and is secretly reburied. But the corpse keeps returning, and the police eventually capture a local woman, who is accused of digging it up. She says that Varlam should never be laid to rest because he was responsible for a Stalin-like reign of terror that led to the disappearance of many of her friends...” reads IMDb about the film.

Directed by Tengiz Abuladze, the film represents an allegorical critique of Stalinism and it was banned during the Soviet regime. Repentance was awarded the FIPRESCI Prize, Grand Prize of the Jury, and the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury.

Blue Mountains, or Unbelievable Story (1983)

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The film, directed by Eldar Shengelaia, represents a political satire. An author tries to publish his books in the Soviet-controlled bureaucracy of Georgia and gets neglected at every turn. The story of the publishing house, the author and the way they behave at work is believed to be an ironical image of Soviet Georgia. At the end of the film, the house collapses and the employees have to escape, which was interpreted as a prophecy that the Soviet Union would collapse. The film was selected for screening as part of the Cannes Classics section at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.

Pirosmani (1969)

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You have probably heard of Niko Pirosmani, a Georgian genius. Currently, the masterpieces of Niko Pirosmani alongside six canvases by Vincent van Gogh are showcased at the Van Gogh’s Museum in Arles, France. The Albertina Museum in Vienna, Austria has recently organized a solo exhibition of the works of Niko Pirosmani. It was dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the painter’s death. Niko Pirosmanashvili was a self-taught painter and the film directed by Giorgi Shengelaia follows the story of his life.

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