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In Bloom

Grzeli nateli dgeebi
Director: Nana Ekvtimishvili, Simon Gross

Georgia, Germany, France, Drama, 2013, 102 min, georgian with english and lithuanian subtitles, N-13

It is early nineties, in Tbilisi, the capital of the newly independent Georgia after the collapse of the Soviet Union. For Eka (Lika Babluani) and Natia (Mariam Bokeria), fourteen years old inseparable friends, life just unfolds. Although they are already dealing with men’s dominance, early marriage and disillusioned love, for these two girls in bloom life just goes on. Though if one lives in a country steeped in chaos and anarchy, where lynch laws are prosecuted every day, can killing for love be justified? In such cases, whom do you look up to? What values can help you to survive? In the film, there is an astonishing sense of autobiography of the directors, aspects of a disturbing, complicated reality of the post – soviet Georgia, inimitable Oleg Mutu’s cinematography and remarkable performance of the young actors.

Awards:
 
2013 – Blue Angel Award at the Art Film Festival (Trenčiansk Teplic, Slovak Republic)
2013 – C.I.C.A.E. Award at the Berlin International Film Festival (Germany)
2013 – FIPRESCI Prize and Golden Firebird Award at the Hong Kong International Film Festival (China)
2013 – Jury Award at the Paris Cinema (France)
2013 – Heart of Sarajevo, C.I.C.A.E. and Best Actress Awards at the Sarajevo Film Festival (Bosnia and Herzogovina)
2013 – Golden Lily Award at the Wiesbaden goEast (Germany)
 
About the directors:
 
Nana Ekvtimishvili studied dramatics and script writing at the filmschool in Potsdam-Babelsberg, Germany. After writing prose and screenplays, she directed the short film “Waiting for Mum” in 2011. She founded her own production company “Polare Film” wrote, directed and co-produced “In Bloom” in 2012 in Georgia.
Simon Gross studied film directing at the filmschool in Munich, Germany. After directing several short films, he shot his first feature film “Fata Morgana” as a director in Morocco 2006. In 2012 he founded his own production companies in Germany and Georgia and shot “In Bloom” as a director and producer in Georgia.

 

Section: Wide Angle

Screenplay: Nana Ekvtimishvili

Dir. of Photography: Oleg Mutu (RSC)

Music: Paata Godziashvili

Cast: Lika Babluani, Mariam Bokeria, Zurab Gogala dze, Da ta Zakareishvili, Ana Nijaradze