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Georgian Cinema at the Frankfurt Book Fair - 26 09 2018
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Georgian Films 2018
(October 3rd – October 31st 2018)

In October 2018, with the support from the Berlin-based Arsenal Institute for Film and Video Art and the German Film Museum "Deutsches Filmmuseum”, the Georgian National Film Centre will organize a retrospective screening of Georgian films. The screenings as well as discussions will cover the classical period which falls between the periods of silent films the declaration of independence by Georgia in 1991.

More than 20 films, including avant-garde silent films such as "My Grandmother" (1929) directed by Kote Mikaberidze and "Salt for Svanetia" (1930) directed by Mikhail Kalatozishvili will be screened as part of the event.

Special focus will be on the influence of so-called formalism and censorship on Georgian cinema, which prevailed in the Soviet period. The works of film directors such as Mikhail Chiaureli, Mikhail Kalatozishvili and Nikoloz Shengelaia will be discussed along with the works of film directors of 1950s - Tengiz Abuladze, Rezo Chkheidze, Eldar Shengelaia, Otar Ioseliani, Giorgi Shengelaia, Lana Ghoghoberidze, etc. i.e. the film directors who changed course of Georgian Cinema.

Along with feature-length films, selected documentaries and short films by Georgian directors will be screened. Georgian filmmakers will deliver lectures, organize meetings and conduct master classes within the frames of the programme.
The following films will be screened within the retrospective screening of Georgian films:

1. "Buba" - directed by Nutsa Ghoghoberidze;
2. "Salt for Svanetia" - directed by Mikhail Kalatozishvili
3. "Twenty-Six Commissars" - directed by Nikoloz Shengelaia
4. "Legend of Suram Fortress” - directed by Sergo Parajanov and Dodo Abashidze
5. "The Wedding" - directed by Mikhail Kobakhidze
6. "Great Green Valley” - directed by Merab Kokochashvili
7. "My Grandmother" - directed by Kote Mikaberidze;
8. "Magdana's Donkey" - directed by Rezo Chkheidze and Tengiz Abuladze;
9. "The Umbrella" - directed by Mikhail Kobakhidze
10. "Khabarda " - directed by Mikhail Chiaureli
11. "Some Interviews on Personal Matters" - directed by Lana Ghoghoberidze
12. "Arsena" - directed by Mikhail Chiaureli
13. "The Plea" - directed by Tengiz Abuladze
14. "The Musicians" - directed by Mikhail Kobakhidze
15. "Once Upon a Time There Was a Singing Blackbird" - directed by Otar Ioseliani
16. "April" - directed by Otar Ioseliani
17. "The Eccentrics" - directed by Eldar Shengelaia
18. "The 19th Century Georgian Chronicle” - directed by Alexandre Rekhviashvili
19. "Nutsa” - directed by Alexandre Rekhviashvili
20. "Pirosmani” - directed by Giorgi Shengelaia
21. "A Day” - directed by Levan Ghlonti
22. "On the Edge" - directed by Dito Tsintsadze
23. "No Friend” - directed by Gio Mgeladze.
The screening of the films will be held at the Deutsches Filmmuseum.

A book about Kote Mikaberidze

Alongside with the screenings of Georgian films, the presentation of the book dedicated to the life and work of a famous Georgian film director - Kote Mikaberidze's will be held. The author of the book is Soso Dumbadze. The book has been published in English language to be presented at the Frankfurt Book Fair.

An animated film "The Pocket Man”

Frankfurt Library Höchst will host a screening of one of the most successful Georgian animated films - "The Pocket Man” and the exhibition of set-dressing and illustrations used in the film.
Georgia is the focus country of the Cottbus Film Festival this year.

(7 – 12 November, 2018)

Due to the fact that Georgia is the Guest of Honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair this year, the focus of the Cottbus Film Festival is on Georgia.

Lana Ghoghoberidze’s 90th birthday

The famous Georgian filmmaker Lana Ghoghoberidze will be 90 years old on 13th October this year. The German hosts plan to organize an event dedicated to her birthday. In addition the presentation of her book "What I Remember and How I Remember” will be held. The book has been translated into German.

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