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Discovering Georgian Cinema

Discovering Georgian Cinema

Saturday, March 21, 2015
8:15 p.m. The Nylon Christmas Tree
Rezo Esadze (USSR, 1985)

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(Neilonis nadzvis khe). A group of mismatched travelers gather to take a bus during New Year’s Eve in actor/director Rezo Esadze’s work of allegorical realism, which supposedly found an admirer in none other than Federico Fellini. The married, the harried, the rich, and the poor: none of the travelers have anything in common with one another, at least not until the bus starts moving. Turning away from the epic sweep or colorful flights of fantasy of much Georgian cinema, The Nylon Christmas Tree uses one night, and one setting, to investigate the moral and social quandaries of Georgia, circa 1985. 

—Jason Sanders

• Written by Esadze, Amiran Dolidze. Photographed by Levan Paatashvili. With Ruslan Miqaberidze, Guram Petriashvili, Sophiko Gorgadze, Kote Chanturishvili. (78 mins, In Georgian with English electronic titling, Color, 35mm, From La Cinémathèque de Toulouse)