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Discovering Georgian Cinema


Discovering Georgian Cinema

Monday, November 17, 2014
7:00 p.m. Street Days & Women from Georgia
Levan Koguashvili (Georgia, 2010, Georgia/US, 2009

In person/Levan Koguashvili

(Quchis dgeebi). Filmed against the backdrop of Tbilisi’s old stone walls, lanes, and apartment blocks, this award-winning debut feature presents the world of a middle-aged, unemployed, and drug-addicted protagonist, Checkie (Guga Kotetishvili), with remarkable touches of humor and pathos. Levan Koguashvili’s fine eye for character and intergenerational relationships gives depth to this drama in which more often than not it is the women—teachers, medical workers, or family members—who hold society together, balancing men’s foibles.

—Susan Oxtoby

• Written by Boris Frumin, Koguashvili, Nikoloz Marri, Andro Sakhvarelidze. Photographed by Archil Akhvlediani. With Guga Kotetishvili, Irakli Ramishvili, Giorgi Kipshidze, Zura Begalishvili. (89 mins, In Georgian with English subtitles, Color, 35mm, From MoMA, permission Global Film Initiative)

Preceded by:
Women from Georgia
Levan Koguashvili (Georgia/US, 2009)

This eye-opening, compelling documentary sheds light on the lives and hardships experienced by women who have come to America to find work so that they can support their families back in Georgia.

Written by Koguashvili. Photographed by Lyle Vincent. (54 mins, In Georgian and English with English subtitles, Color, From the artist)

Total running time: 143 mins