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Discovering Georgian Cinema

Discovering Georgian Cinema

Saturday, December 6, 2014
6:00 p.m. Flight of the Sparrows
Teimur Babluani (USSR, 1980)

New 35mm Print!


(Perelet Vorobiev/Begurebis gadafrena, a.k.a. Migrating Sparrows). The allegorical Flight of the Sparrows begins aboard a crowded third-class passenger train traveling through Soviet Georgia at night. An eccentric cast of characters passes the time chatting and occasionally arguing. Tensions erupt when a burly man wearing a leather jacket, who, against type, has a pet sparrow tucked inside the pocket closest to his chest, and another man, who is well-dressed, well-educated, and claims to have traveled the world, engage in a fistfight. The expert cinematography accentuates the close quarters of the train cabin, and then the action shifts to a totally different setting.

—Susan Oxtoby

• Written by Babluani. Photographed by Victor Andrievsky. With Alguja Burduli, Teimuraz Bichiashvili, Rezo Esadze, Amiran Amiransvili. (60 mins, In Georgian with English subtitles, B&W, ’Scope, 35mm, From MoMA)