|8:30 p.m.||Discovering Georgian Cinema: Closing Program |
BAM/PFA’s eight-month retrospective of Georgian cinema closes with a pair of recent works. Deadpan, hilarious, and filled with subtle character schtick, Felicità is pure delight. Salomé Alexi’s short takes a regular societal occurrence—women who support their families by working abroad—and mines it for dramatic effect. We present an encore screening in higher exhibition quality this time around. Shot in a provincial town, Bakhmaro shows us a three-storey, multipurpose building in varying states of decay. There the businesses struggle and the workers and inhabitants wait for change. Director/cameraperson Salomé Jashi creates a poignant, artful study that ruminates on Georgian society.
FELICITÀ Salomé Alexi, Georgia, 2009, 30 mins, In Georgian with English subtitles, Color, DCP, BAM/PFA Collection
BAKHMARO Salomé Jashi, Germany/Georgia, 2011, 58 mins, In Georgian with English subtitles, Color, DigiBeta PAL, From Deckert Distribution
Total running time: 88 mins