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Discovering Georgian Cinema

Discovering Georgian Cinema

Saturday, March 28, 2015
6:00 p.m. Iliko, Ilarion, Grandmother And Me
Tengiz Abuladze (USSR, 1963)

(Ya, Babushka, Iliko, Illarion/Me, Bebia, Iliko da Ilarioni, aka Me, Grandma, Iliko, and Ilarion). Landscape as mise-en-scène was to become the distinctive trademark of Abuladze’s art in more formal, allegorical films like Molba or The Wishing Tree. Here, it lends itself to a lyric pastorale full of the grotesque comedy of village life. Abuladze accompanies his characters through the seasons, through the war and then the peace. The “Me” in the title is Zuriko, an orphan who lives with his grandmother Olga. Abuladze’s humanist depiction of a small community and his central character’s coming of age is reminiscent of Satyajit Ray’s The World of Apu, and of Federico Fellini’s films.

• Written by Abuladze, Nodar Dumbadze. Photographed by Giorgi Kalatozishvili. With Lurab Ordzhonikidze, Sesilia Takaishvili, Aleqsandre Jorjoliani, Giorgi Tkabladze. (90 mins, In Georgian with English subtitles, 35mm, BAM/PFA Collection)