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Discovering Georgian Cinema

Discovering Georgian Cinema

Saturday, March 21, 2015
6:30 p.m. The Way Home
Aleksandr Rekhviashvili (USSR, 1981/1987)

(Qartuli Pilmi/Gza shinisaken). The way home for Aleksandr Rekhviashvili is not charted in the conventional sense. It takes the viewer along some peculiar roads and across a unique landscape: Georgian history and legend, politics and social stratification, religion and ethics. Allusive, stylized, and allegorical from beginning to end, The Way Home is in part a tribute to Rekhviashvili’s favorite director, Pasolini, especially to Hawks and Sparrows (1966). It makes extensive use of poems by Bella Akhmadulina (the major female poet of the cultural “thaw” of the fifties and sixties) and of sets by Amir Kakabadze (the son of David Kakabadze, the Georgian avant-garde painter).

• Written by Erlom Akhvlediai, Rezo Kveselava, Rekhviashvili. Photographed by Archil Pilipashvili. With V. Pantchilidze, R. Tchkhvadze, Avtandil Makharadze, Janri Lolashvili. (83 mins, In Georgian with English subtitles, B&W, 35mm, BAM/PFA Collection)