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Discovering Georgian Cinema

Discovering Georgian Cinema

Sunday, March 22, 2015
3:00 p.m. The Bittersweet Films of Mikhail Kobakhidze
Mikhail Kobakhidze (USSR/France, 1967–2001)

Family Matinee. Recommended for ages 8 & up.
Free for BAM/PFA members


A selection of short films made by the talented Georgian filmmaker Mikhail Kobakhidze, whose style is simple on the surface, but employs creative relationships between images and sound. The films tell allegorical stories and enact dramatic situations without dialogue, evoking emotional tones that range from humor to inventive fantasy to bittersweet sorrow. These shorts, which have a kinship with the films of Buster Keaton, Jacques Tati, Albert Lamorisse, and Norman McLaren, are beloved by Georgians and well loved in international cinematheques, where they have been widely shown. 

—Susan Oxtoby

THE MUSICIANS USSR, 1969, 12 mins, B&W, 35mm, BAM/PFA Collection

THE WEDDING USSR, 1965, 19 mins, B&W, 35mm, BAM/PFA Collection

THE UMBRELLA USSR, 1967, 18 mins, B&W, Digital

EN CHEMIN France, 2001, 12 mins, B&W, Digital

Total running time: 61 mins