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Discovering Georgian Cinema


Discovering Georgian Cinema

Sunday, October 26, 2014
4:00 p.m. Eliso
Nikoloz Shengelaia (USSR, 1928)

Live Music/Trio Kavkasia

Trio Kavkasia performs the West Coast premiere of a new score commissioned by BAM/PFA and adapted from traditional folk songs by Georgian music expert Carl Linich

Special admission prices
UC Berkeley students: $10
BAM/PFA members: $15
UC Berkeley faculty and staff, non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, disabled persons, 17 & under: $18
General admission: $20

(Elisso). This historical epic evokes the tragic fate of a nation pacified in 1864 by the Tsarist Russian Empire. When authorities begin to appropriate arable lands, the peasants are forced to evacuate under terrible conditions. In the village of Verdi, we find Eliso, whose love for Vazho is encumbered by differences of class and religion. Yet the most overwhelming passion in this cherished classic is the depiction of Georgia’s majestic landscape and the deep-rooted traditions of its people. One of the great early figures in Georgian cinema, Nikoloz Shengelaia was the head of an enormously influential family of film professionals. The clan included not only his wife, the celebrated actress Nato Vachnadze, and their sons, Eldar and Giorgi, who became prominent directors; but also Vachnadze’s sister, Kira Andronikashvili, who stars in Eliso.

Eliso also screens on Saturday / 10.25.14

• Written by Sergei Tretyakov, Oleg Leonidov, Shengelaia, based on the short story by Alexandre Kazbegi. Photographed by Vladimir Kereselidze. With Alexandre Imedashvili, Kokta Karalashvili, Kira Andronikashvili. (80 mins @ 24 fps, Silent with English subtitles, B&W, 35mm, BAM/PFA Collection)