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Film 50: History of Cinema

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
3:10 p.m. Don’t Breathe
Nino Kirtadze (France, 2014) 

West Coast Premiere!
In Person/Nino Kirtadze

(La faille). Nino Kirtadze’s most recent documentary could easily be mistaken for a drama—her subjects are so at ease before the camera’s lens, one would think they were professional actors. And indeed, Kirtadze blends fact and fiction in this entertaining and touching portrait of a fortysomething couple, Irma and Levan. Levan’s unclear medical prognosis feeds his hypochondria and threatens their marriage. Kirtadze spent months living with the pair, observing them, documenting situations and recreating others. The result is a beautifully composed work that captures the charms and character traits of this couple, their friends, and life in Tbilisi. Kirtadze’s versatility as a filmmaker shines. 

—Susan Oxtoby

• Written by Kirtadze. Photographed by Andro Sanovich, Tornike Shengelia, Octavio Espirito Santo, Jacek Petrycki. With Levan Murtazashvili, Irma Inaridze. (86 mins, In Georgian with English subtitles, Color, DCP, From Deckert Distribution)