Directed by George Ovashvili (Georgia/France/Germany, 2017, 120 min.). Digital. Georgian with English subtitles.
In 1991, Zviad Gamsachurdia became the first democratically elected president of the newly independent Georgia. Within a few months, he was ousted in a military coup. George Ovashvili, a prized Georgian filmmaker with a bold directorial style, begins his third film at this juncture in history. The director accompanies Gamsachurdia—the head of state turned fugitive as a result of the putsch—and a group of loyal troops on a trek to the mountains to regroup with his supporters. Director Ovashvili has no intention of serving up a classic biographical study, or of bringing judgment down upon political actions. Instead, he uses historical events as a frame to shape an archetypal story told with light melancholy and an unmistakable visual poetic. Set against an imposing Caucasus backdrop, we witness a man fighting for power while waging an internal struggle as he heads to meet his fate.
—Lenka Tyrpáková, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
Co-presented with Ballets Russes Arts Initiative, with support from the Embassy of Georgia to the United States and the Georgian National Film Center.
With English subtitles