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Discovering Georgian Cinema

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Discovering Georgian Cinema

Saturday, January 24, 2015
6:30 p.m. Falling Leaves
Otar Iosseliani USSR, 1967

(Listopad, aka When the Leaves Fall). Falling Leaves is typical of the best Georgian films in seeming light and low-key on the surface, until the satire begins to cut very deep. The film begins with observations of awkward adolescence in the story of a young boy who gets his first job in a wine factory. Soon he notices that the manager is fiddling his quotas, and eventually learns the hard way that corruption is the only way to get by in an economic system that works one way in theory, another in day-to-day practice.

• Written by A. Tchitchinadze. Photographed by Abesalom Maisouradze. With Ramaz Guerorgoliani, Marina Kartzivadze, Gueorguy Kharabadze. (91 mins, In Georgian with English subtitles, B&W, 35mm, From BAM/PFA Collection)