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Discovering Georgian Cinema

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Discovering Georgian Cinema

Tuesday, September 30, 2014
7:00 p.m. Will There Be a Theater Up There?!
Nana Janelidze (Georgia, 2011)

Bay Area Premiere!
In Person/Nana Janelidze


(Netavi ik teatri aris?!). Starring one of the most popular Georgian actors, Kahki Kavsadze, and based on the true-life experiences of the Kavsadze family, this powerful film is part historical essay and part recreated biography; it uses the tragic circumstances of the twentieth century (World War II and the aftermath of the Soviet regime) as a backdrop for the chronicle of a Georgian family. Opening scenes depict a former railroad car repair plant bearing the name of Stalin; then the film proceeds to the stage of Tbilisi’s Rustaveli Theater, an apt location filled with poetic resonances for this poignant work of reclaimed history.

—Susan Oxtoby

• Written by Janelidze, Nino Natroshvili, based on a story by Kachki and Imeri Kavsadze. Photographed by Giorgi Beridze. With Kahki Kavsadze, Nino Kuratashvili, Irakli Kakauridze, Niko Kakauridze. (55 mins, In Georgian with English subtitles, Color, DCP, From the artist)

Preceded by:
The Family
(Nana Janelidze, USSR, 1985). (Ojakhi). Originally made for TV, this slice-of-life drama reveals Janelidze’s keen eye for intergenerational family dynamics; it is lovingly made with a near-documentary authenticity. (Written by Janelidze. With Veriko Andjaparidze, Natela Mikhaldianim, Tina Mepisashvili. 25 mins, In Georgian with English subtitles, Color, 35mm transferred to DVD, From the artist)

Total running time: 80 mins