Movie Review – Beginning

Beginning Georgia (2020) Dir. Dea Kulumbegashvili Religious persecution is a subject that doesn’t get the insightful probing treatment in fictional cinema as others do, presumably as there is no room for objectivity when giving those who inflict this a platform without bias from both sides. In this film, it seems like we might be heading … Continue reading Movie Review – Beginning

Scary Mother (Sashishi deda)

Scary Mother (Sashishi deda) Georgia (2017) Dir. Ana Urushadze Are writers misunderstood? Is their ability to create people, places, and situations that are wondrously fantastic out of thin air or to allegorise a real event or story into a piece of fiction a sign of inventive genius or a twisted psyche? And why are expressive … Continue reading Scary Mother (Sashishi deda)

Tangerines (Mandariinid)

Tangerines (Mandariinid) Georgia (2013) Dir. Zaza Urushadze War! What is it good for? Georgian filmmaker Zaza Urushadze ponders Edwin Starr’s question with this quietly powerful film that holds a mirror up to the follies of war whilst allowing the story to carry its moral message over didactic dialogue. Set during the 1992-93 War in Abkhazia, … Continue reading Tangerines (Mandariinid)

In Bloom (Grzeli nateli dgeebi)

In Bloom (Grzeli nateli dgeebi) Georgia (2013) Dirs. Nana Ekvtimishvili & Simon Groß My continuing journey of world cinema takes me to virgin territory with this film marking my first foray into Georgian cinema. A collaboration between native writer and director Nana Ekvtimishvili and German filmmaker Simon Groß, this critically lauded gritty slice-of-life drama is … Continue reading In Bloom (Grzeli nateli dgeebi)