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Discovering Georgian Cinema

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Discovering Georgian Cinema

Saturday, November 8, 2014
6:00 p.m. Buba
Noutsa Gogoberidze (USSR, 1930)

Imported Print!
Live music/Judith Rosenberg on piano


Long suppressed and nearly written out of film history, Buba is an exceptional documentary filmed in the remote mountainous region of Racha in northern Georgia. An artistic collaboration between Georgia’s first female director, Noutsa Gogoberidze, and the noted avant-garde painter David Kakabadze, this is a work of exhilarating cinematic splendor—with luminous cinematography and dynamic montage—that was originally intended as propaganda. Around this time, Gogoberidze was closely associated with filmmakers Alexander Dovzhenko, Sergei Eisenstein, and Mikhail Kalatozov. 

—Susan Oxtoby

• Photographed by Sergei Zabozlaev. (39 mins, Silent with Russian intertitles and simultaneous English translation, B&W, 35mm, From Gosfilmofond)

Followed by: 
Felicità (Salomé Alexi, Georgia, 2009). Deadpan, hilarious, and filled with subtle character schtick, Felicità is pure delight. Salomé Alexi’s short takes a regular societal occurrence—women who support their families by working abroad—and mines it for dramatic effect. (30 mins, In Georgian with English subtitles, Color, DCP, From the artist)

Total running time: 69 mins