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Discovering Georgian Cinema

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Discovering Georgian Cinema

Thursday, January 22, 2015
7:30 p.m. Otar Iosseliani’s Early Films
Otar Iosseliani USSR, 1958–1964

Imported Prints!


A rare chance to see the early films by one of the great Georgian filmmakers Otar Iosseliani. Akvareli is a portrait of a poor family whose lives are changed by art. Song About a Flower is a poetic rumination on progress. April continues the critique of modernism, depicting a young couple who move to a new housing estate. The film was banned by the Soviet government, after which Iosseliani worked for two years as a fisherman, sailor, and metal founder. These experiences are reflected in his remarkable documentary Tudzhi (Cast Iron), which observes ironworkers at a steel plant and shows Iosseliani’s mastery of cinematic language.

Akvareli 1958, 10 mins, In Russian with English electronic titling, B&W, 35mm, From La Cinémathèque française

Song About a Flower (Sapovnela) 1959, 17 mins, In Russian with English electronic titling, Color, 35mm, From La Cinémathèque française

April (Aprili) 1962, 46 mins, In Russian with English electronic titling, B&W, Digibeta, From La Cinémathèque française

Cast Iron (Tudzhi) 1964, 20 mins, B&W, 35mm, From La Cinémathèque française

Total running time: 93 minutes