Mariam Khatchvani’s debut feature-length film about love and mountain traditions – "Dede” became a winner of the jury prize at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.
The film participated in the competition section "East of the West” at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.
"Dede” was among the highest-rated films from the beginning of the Film Festival and the very first screening of the film was followed by positive reviews. An influential magazine "The Variety" interviewed the Georgian director of the film and a number of articles were dedicated to the film and published in various international film portals.
The film continues to be screened at different international film festivals. After participating in the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, "Dede” will take part in the competition of the Croatian Film Festival.
According to the film director, the film is about a Svan girl who struggles for her love and wins the struggle. "Dede” is a full version of Mariam Khachvani’s short film "Dinola”.
"Dede” is a winner project of the competition organized by the Georgian National Film Centre. The shooting of the film took place in Svaneti, Kazbegi and Kaspi.The film stars Natia Vibliani, Giorgi Babluani, Nukri Khatchvani and Girshel Chelidze. The film is produced by Vladimer Katcharava (20 Steps Production), DOP – Mindia Esadze
"Dede” is a coproduction between four countries: Georgia, Ireland, Qatar and Holland.
It should be mentioned that dialogues in the film are mostly in Svanetian language, and all the actors who participate in the film are from Svaneti.
Mariam Khatchvani has close links with Svaneti. She was born in Ushguli (Svaneti). After graduating from the University - the Department of Theatre and Cinema Studies - she made her debut short film "Dinola” which brought her success and recognition. "Dede” is the first feature-length film directed by Mariam Khatchvani.
Marina Khachvani: „Svaneti is a region of great culture. The region has always stood out as having different traditions, which were quite frequently misinterpreted and portrayed in negative shades. Therefore, I decided to make a film about real Svanetian culture, so unique and interesting."
„Dede" was named as one of the best projects at Sundance and Cannes film festivals.