Rusudan Pirveli (Georgia, 2010)
A quiet young boy weaves his way through the underbelly of contemporary Georgia in this evocative update of the neorealist tradition, which takes some of that genre’s key pieces—a youthful protagonist, nonprofessional actors, and atmospheric locales—and adds director Rusudan Pirveli’s keen eye for detail. With his father in jail, twelve-year-old Susa helps his mother distribute illegal vodka to various hellholes and deadbeats; no matter his situation, though, he hopes for something better. Avoiding pathos and cartoon villainy for a more genuine tone reminiscent of the Dardenne brothers, Susa “beautifully captures the way a crumbling locale permeates the character’s lives” (Variety).
• Written by Giorgi Chalauri. Photographed by Mirian Shengelaia, Irakli Geleishvili. With Avtandil Tetradze, Levan Lordkipanidze, Giorgi Gogishvili, Ekaterine Kobakhidze. (85 mins, In Georgian with English subtitles, Color, 35mm, BAM/PFA Collection)
Waiting for Mum (Nana Ekvtimishvili, Georgia, 2011). A young man waits for his mother to throw down his car keys from their apartment window in this early short from the director of In Bloom. (8 mins, In Georgian with English subtitles, Color, DCP, From the artist)
Total running time: 93 mins