BIAFF International Competition - Feature Films

Yellow Cat

Kazakhstan/France, 2020; 90 min.


Director: Adilkhan  Yerzhanov
Executive producer: Assel SADVAKASSOVA, Kanat BITEMIROV, Yerbol TOIBAYEV
Producer: Serik ABISHEV, Olga KHLASHEVA
Co-producer: Guillaume de Seille
Scriptwriter: Adilkhan YERZHANOV, Inna SMAILOVA
Editor: Adilkhan YERZHANOV
Production designer: Yermek UTEGENOV
Composer: Alim ZAIROV, Ivan SINTSOV
Principle cast: Kermek – Azamat NIGMANOV, Eva – Kamila NUGMANOVA, Zhambas – Sanjar MADI
Production company: ZERDE FILMS, Short Brothers, QAZAQFILM, Arizona Productions


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Adilkhan YERZHANOV (1982, Kazakhstan) was born in the Jezkazgan region of Kazakhstan. He was educated as a filmmaker at the Kazakhstan National Academy of Arts. After this, he continued studying in New York thanks to a scholarship. He has made several shorts and features, among which The Owners (2014), which premiered at Cannes and was subsequently screened and received awards at many film festivals all over the world. The Plague at the Karatas Village had its world premiere at IFFR 2016. Yerzhanov won the Asia Pacific Screen Award for Achievement in Directing for his A Dark, Dark Man (2019).



Ex-con Kermek and his beloved Eva want to give up their crime-ridden lives in the steppes of Kazakhstan. He has a dream: to build a cinema in the mountains. Will Kermek's love for Alain Delon be strong enough to keep them away crime gangs' violent clutches?


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There is no Evil

Germany/Iran/Czech Republic, 2020; 151 min.


Director/Script: Mohammad Rasoulof

Cinematography: Ashkan Ashkani

Editing: Mohammadreza Muini, Meysam Muini

Music: Amir Molookpour

Sound: Hasan Shabankareh

Producers: Mohammad Rasoulof, Kaveh Farnam 

Executive Producer: Farzad Pak


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Born in Shiraz, Iran in 1972, he began directing documentaries and short films while studying sociology. After his second film, Iron Island, opportunities for him to make and screen his work grew increasingly restricted. All seven of his feature films have fallen victim to the censor in Iran. In 2010, he was arrested on set while working alongside Jafar Panahi and sentenced to a year in prison. He has won numerous international awards for his work including several prizes in Un Certain Regard at Cannes. Since 2017, he has been officially barred from leaving Iran.



Every country that enforces the death penalty needs people to kill other people. Four men are put in front of an unthinkable but simple choice. Whatever they decide, it will directly or indirectly corrode themselves, their relationships, and their entire lives.


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The Salt of Tears

France, 2020; 100 min. 


Director: Philippe Garrel

Screenplay: Philippe Garrel, Jean-Claude Carriere, Arlette Langmann

DoP: Renato Berta

Editing: François Gedigier

Cast: Logann Antuofermo, Oulaya Amamra, Louise Chevillotte, André Wilms, Souheila Yacoub, Aline Belibi

Producer: Edouard Weil

Production company: Rectangle Productions, Close Up Films, Arte France Cinema


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Philippe Garrel was norb in France in 1948, he directed numerous short films in his youth before making his feature debut in 1967 with Marie pour mémoire. Three years later, he directed the celebrated cult film La cicatrice intérieure with and about the rock icon Nico. His more than 25 feature films have screened and won awards at the most prestigious international festivals,



Luc travels to Paris for the first time to sit the entrance exam for a carpentry school. There he meets Djemila, a young worker with whom he enjoys a short romance, before returning to his home town and beginning a relationship with Geneviève, whom he has known since childhood. Caught between two passions, Luc runs, resolving to fulfil his father's dreams by devoting himself to his future... until finally, he experiences true love.


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Italy/Poland, 2019; 102 min.



Carlo Sironi


Kino Produzioni (Giovanni Pompili), Lava Films (Agnieszka Wasiak)

Main Cast:

Sandra Drzymalska, Claudio Segaluscio, Barbara Ronchi, Bruno Buzzi


Giulia Moriggi, Carlo Sironi, Antonio Manca


Gergely Poharnok


Andrea Maguolo


Teoniki Rożynek


Stefano Sabatini, Marzia Cordò, Michał Fojcik

Visual Effects:

Magui Studio



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CARLO SIRONI is The Italian director studied photography and started in film as an assistant cinematographer and then assistant director. His first short film Sofia competed at Torino IFF and other festivals. He was also successful with his second short First Timer which was nominated for the competition at Venice IFF. Sole is his feature debut.



Ermanno is an Italian low-life. Lena is a Polish girl, seven months pregnant. They are two strangers. Lena has come to Italy to sell her baby. Ermanno has to pretend to be the father so that he can entrust the newborn to his uncle Fabio in an adoption between relatives. But Sole, Lena’s daughter, is born pre-term so she must breastfeed her before she can go away with her money. Lena tries to deny the bond with her baby but Ermanno starts to take care of them as if he was the real father.


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Sisters Apart

Germany / Greece 2020; 93 min


Director: Daphne Charizani
Screenwriter: Daphne Charizani
Director of Photography: Falko Lachmund
Editing: David J. Rauschning
Music: Florian Tessloff
Producers: Thanassis Karathanos, Martin Hampel, Michael Weber, Viola Fügen, Kostas Lambropoulos
Production Companies: Pallas Film, Match Factory Productions, View Master Films


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Born in Thessaloniki, Greece, she grew up in Greece and Germany. She studied stage design in Paris, and politics in Hamburg. Her documentary Make Up screened in the 1999 Berlinale Forum and won the Hessian Screenplay Award. In 2003, her feature film Madrid was nominated for the screenplay award in the New German Cinema section of the Munich film festival and won the Hessian Film Award. With Ina Weisse she co-wrote the screenplays for Das Vorspiel and Der Architekt, the latter of which won the Screenplay Award at the 2009 Max Ophüls Award film festival.



Rojda is a young German soldier with Kurdish-Iraqi roots who has lived in Germany since childhood. She is now looking for her mother Ferhat in a Greek refugee camp. When the two finally find each other after so many years apart, they are overjoyed. But their happiness soon fades when Rojda learns that her sister Dilan is still in Iraq. Rojda succeeds in bringing her mother to Germany, but she is unable to reach her sister. When the phone rings and Dilan mentions Kurdish fighters, Rojda is filled with fear. She decides to request a redeployment to Erbil in Iraq so she can find her sister. Once there, Rojda quickly wins the trust of the female fighters. But the more intensely she searches for her sister, the more she becomes caught between the two sides.


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Persona N2

Georgia/Germany, 2020; 85 min. 


Director/ scriptwriter: Nino Basilia

Scenography: Teimuraz Gabashvili, Gela Chinchaladze

Composer: Alex Ingo Becker

Invited composers: Andro Dgebuadze, Ishwanat Kalburg (India)

Cast: Lamzira Chkheidze, Tatuli Dolidze, Daredjan Kharshiladze, Nana Butkhuzi, Ekaterine Demetradze, Ana Nikolashvili, Ani Imnadze, Ana Javakhishvili, Ana-Maria GurgeniSvili, Maro Roinishvili, Luka Tarkhan-Mouravi

Editing: Niko Tarielashvili, Davit Kiknadze

Sound design: Goglik Giorgi Gogoladze, Paata Godziashvili

Producers: Nino Basilia, Alex Ingo Becker


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Nino Basilia - Director and screenwriter. She studied at the High School Of Scriptwriters and Filmmakers in Moscow (VGIK) and at the Tbilisi Pedagogical Institute, Faculty of Philology and journalism, at the school of Marketing and Management in Austria, as well.

In 2003-2004 based on her script was shot TV serials – Taste of Dust and Carousel. She directed several spectacles at theater – Sexual Revolution, Junkies, Jews etc. 

Since 2011, Nino worked at Public Broadcaster (TV) and shot around 30 doc films.  In 2016, via support of Georgian National Film Center she directed the film “Anna’s Life” which was screened at around 30 international film festivals and received 8 prizes. 



Loud thoughts of nine women on existential topics, on being human, on feelings/emotions. Each of them is fulfilling the act of meeting with themselves. Person #1 meets person #2, his  Alter-Ego. The question is, who am I? Where did I come from and where am I going? The world comes into the contact with them through music and lyrics. A path of self-perception begins, which they pass via with various emotional backgrounds and which is fully saturated with love.


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Switzerland/Croatia, 2020; 84 min.


Director: Andrea Staka
Writter: Andrea Staka

Cinematography: Erol Zubčević
Redžinald Šimek, Thomas Imbach
Benoît Barraud
Sound Design: 
Igor Čamo, Peter Bräker

Music: Ephrem Lüchinger
Marija Škaričić, Goran Navojec, Mateusz Kościukiewicz, Mirjana Karanović

Production: Okofilm Productions, Dinaridi Film, ZDF Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen, ARTE, SRF Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen
Producer: Thomas Imbach, Andrea Staka, Tena Gojić


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Andrea Štaka was born in Switzerland in 1973. She obtained her B.A. and her M.A. at the School of Visual Arts in Zurich. Her earlier films, such as Hotel Belgrad and Yugodivas, were shown to considerable acclaim at numerous festivals, including Sundance, Locarno and Munich, and won several awards. In 2005 she won the NYSCA Individual Artist Grant. Her first feature, Das Fraulein, won several festival awards, among them the Golden Leopard of the Locarno Film Festival and the Heart of Sarajevo at the 12th SFF. Mare is her third feature film.  



Mare has never flown, although she lives right next to the airport with her husband and their three teenage kids. She loves her family, cares for them, but sometimes almost feels like a stranger in her own home. Who are these people she lives with? Mare finds herself gazing at the planes overhead, longing for change and the unknown. When one day a younger man moves into the house next door, she puts her life to the test.


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In Between Dying

Azerbaijan/Mexico/USA, 2020; 88 min. 


Director: Hilal Baydarov

Scriptwriter: Hilal Baydarov

Director of photography: Elshan Abbasov

Editor: Hilal Baydarov

Music: Kanan Rustamli

Cast: Orkhan Iskandarli, Rana Asgarova, Maryam Naghiyeva, Murvat Abdulazizov, Huseyn Nasirov

Producers: Hilal Baydarov, Elshan Abbasov

Co-producers: Carlos Reygadas, Joslyn Barnes

Production Company: Ucqar Film

Co-production Company: Splendor Omnia Studios, Louverture Films


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Hilal Baydarov was born in 1987 in Baku, Azerbaijan. During his high school years, he won the national championships of mathematics twice in 2004 and 2005. After a master in computer sciences, he left for Sarajevo to study film directing with Bela Tarr. His debut feature film HILLS WITHOUT NAMES was premiered at the Montreal Film Festival in 2018, the same year he won the Docu Talent award at Sarajevo Film Festival for his film BIRTHDAY. WHEN THE PERSIMMONS GREW is Baydarov's third feature film which will premiere in competition at the Visions du réel film festival in Nyon.  “In Between Dying” was premiered at Venice film festival 2020. 



In Between Dying is the love story of Davud, a young man trying to find his "real" family, who completes his life cycle in a single day.  When he does find Love, it's in the place he has always lived. But it is too late.


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Estonia/Italy/Russia/UK, 2020; 135min


Director: Ivan Tverdovsky

Writer: Ivan Tverdovsky

Editor: Ivan Tverdovsky

Cinematography: Fedor Glazachev

Sound: Rustam Medov

Cast: Anna Mikhalkova, Natalya Pavlenkova, Natalya Potapova, Kseniya Zueva, Yan Tsapnik 

Producers:  Katerina Mikhaylova Konstantin Fam Egor Odintsov


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Born in 1988 in Moscow (Russia), he graduated from Moscow’s Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography in 2011. His short and feature documentaries have garnered awards at Russian and international festivals. He holds the job of curator of short Russian films at the Moscow Film Festival. Corrections Class, inspired by the novel by psychologist Ekaterina Murashova, i s his feature debut.



Natalia, a nun from a remote Russian monastery, comes to Moscow 17 years after the terrorist attack in Dubrovka Theatre. She was sent there to organize a memorial evening for the victims of the attack that happened in October 2002. We soon learn that Natalia and her family were the witnesses of the attack. Almost forgotten now by the outside world the organizers and participants of the memorial evening or the Conference (as they were asked to call it officially) are made feel like a burden by the rest of the society. Following the chronology of the events as told by a few participants in the memorial evening we learn the dark details of Natalia’s personal story.


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Berlin Alexanderplatz

Germany / Netherlands, 2020; 183 min. 


Director: Burhan Qurbani

Screenplay: Martin Behnke, Burhan Qurbani

Cinematography: Yoshi Heimrath

Editing: Philipp Thomas

Music: Dascha Dauenhauer

Casting: Suse Marquardt, Alexandra Koknat

Producers: Leif Alexis, Jochen Laube, Fabian Maubach

Co-producers: Leontine Petit, Erik Glijnias

Co-production: Lemming Film, Amsterdam; ZDF und Arte, Mainz


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Burhan Qurbani was born in 1980, his parents fled Afghanistan as victims of political persecution in 1979 and came to Germany. His father’s work in the US army meant he grew up in various German cities. After gaining experience at the Staatstheater Stuttgart and the Stadttheater Hannover, he began a degree in fiction directing at the Film Academy Baden-Württemberg in 2002. His graduation film, Shahada, screened in the 2010 Berlinale Competition; his second feature, Wir sind jung. Wir sind stark., opened Rome Film Fest as well as Hof International Film Festival in 2014. Both films won several awards.



 As Francis, 30, the only survivor of an illegal crossing from Africa, awakes at a beach in Southern Europe, he swears an oath to God: From now on he wants to be a new, a better, a decent man. Soon after Francis finds himself in Berlin, where he realizes how hard it is to be righteous when you are an illegal refugee in Germany – without papers, without nation and without a work permit. When he receives an enticing offer from the charismatic German Reinhold, 31, to earn easy money, Francis initially resists the temptation, maintains his oath and stays away from Reinhold's shady dealings. But eventually he is sucked into Berlin's underworld and his life spirals out of control.


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BIAFF International Competition - Short Films


Valley of Gods

Poland/Luxembourg/USA, 2019; 131 min.


Director: Lech Majewski
Screenwriter: Lech Majewski
DoP: Lech Majewski, Paweł Tybora
Music: Jan A.P. Kaczmarek

Producer: Lech Majewski, FIlip Jan Rymsza

Production design: Christopher R. Demuri, Lech Majewski
Costume design: Ewa Kochańska, Eva Minge, Carolyn Leone
Cast: Josh Hartnett, John Malkovich, Keir Dullea, Jaime Ray Newman, Berenice Marlohe, Joseph Runningfox, John Rhys-Davies, Steven Skyler, Saginaw Grant, Owee Rae, Tokala Black Elk, Marek Probosz, Cris D’Annunzio, John A. Lorenz, Lech Dyblik


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Born 1953, Katowice, Poland. Lech Majevski is a film and stage director, screenwriter and author, and is regarded as a leading filmmaker of our time. In 2006 the Museum of Modern Art in New York organized a major retrospective of his work; Majewski was the first Polish artist to be honored in this way. He began as a film director at the end of the 1970s. After martial law was declared in the early 80s, he left his native Poland and emigrated to England and subsequently to the USA. He became celebrated not only as a filmmaker but also as an important opera director. He received considerable critical acclaim for The Garden of Earthly Delights (2004), which took away the Grand Prix from the Roma Independent Film Festival.  Awarded at numerous international festivals. Lecturer at many universities and colleges around the world.



VALLEY OF THE GODS stars Malkovich as the reclusive richest man on earth and Hartnett as his would-be biographer, and intertwines their stories with an ancient Navajo legend as it explores how supernatural visions clash with reality, creating a fascinating, mysterious and idiosyncratic vision of America.


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Germany/France, 2020; 90 min.


Written and directed by: Christian Petzold

Cinematography: Hans Fromm

Editing: Bettina Böhler

Sound: Andreas Mücke-Niesytka

Producers: Florian Koerner von Gustorf, Michael Weber

Executive Producer: Anton Kaiser

Co-production: Les Films du Losange, Paris

Cast: Paula Beer, Franz Rogowski, Maryam Zaree, Jacob Matschenz


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Born in Hilden, Germany in 1960, he has lived in Berlin since 1981. He studied German and drama at Freie Universität Berlin and then, from 1988 to 1994, film at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (DFFB). He directed his first feature film in 1995. Made in 2000, his film The State I Am In won Gold at the German Film Awards; he was awarded the Silver Bear for Best Director for Barbara in 2012. Undine marks his fifth film to be presented in the Berlinale Competition and, following Transit, his second collaboration with Paula Beer and Franz Rogowski.



Undine is a city guide in Berlin. But when the man she loves leaves her, the ancient myth catches up with her. Undine has to kill the man who betrays her and return to the water.


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The Best Years of a Life

France, 2019; 90 min. 


Director: Claude Lelouch

Screenplay: Claude Lelouch, Valérie Perrin

Cinematography: Robert Alazraki

Film editing: Stéphane Mazalaigue

Music: Francis Lai, Calogero

Cast: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Anouk Aimée, Souad Amidou, Antoine Sire, Marianne Denicourt, Monica Bellucci, Tess Lauvergne, Vincent Vinel, Jean-Yves Cressenville, Laurent Prudhomme

Producer: Samuel Hadida, Victor Hadida, Claude Lelouch

Production: Les Films 13, Davis Films, France 2 Cinéma


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Claude Lelouch, (born October 30, 1937, Paris), French director and screenwriter who was noted chiefly for his lush visual style. Taking a simpler, more straightforward approach to narrative than his colleagues in the “New Wave”, Lelouch has consistently found success at the box office despite frequent disparagement of his work by critics.

He achieved prominence in 1966 with his film Un Homme et une femme (A Man and a Woman), which shared the Grand Prize at the Cannes film festival and won two Academy Awards (for best foreign film and for best original story and screenplay). Lelouch’s later notable movies included the musical Les Uns et les autres (1981; Bolero) and Les Misérables (1995), an adaptation of Victor Hugo’s classic novel. The latter won a Golden Globe Award for best foreign film. Lelouch continued to direct into the early 21st century, and the dramedy Chacun sa vie (Everyone’s Life) was released in 2017.



They knew each other long ago: a man and a woman whose dazzling and unexpected romance captured in the now-iconic film, revolutionized our understanding of love. Today, the former race car driver seems lost in the pathways of his memory. In order to help him, his son seeks out the woman his father wasn’t able to cherish but whom he constantly revisits in his thoughts and dreams. Anne reunites with Jean-Louis and their story picks up where they left it…


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Czech Republic/Ireland/Slovakia/Poland 2020; 118 min.


Director: Agnieszka Holland

Writer: Marek Epstein   

DoP:  Martin Štrba

Editor:  Pavel Hrdlička 

Sound: Radim Hladíkjr.   

Music: Antoni Komasa-Łazarkiewicz 

Producer: Šárka Cimbalová, Kevan Van Thompson

Cast: Ivan Trojan, Josef Trojan, Juraj Loj, Jaroslava Pokorná

Production Company: Marlene Film Production, Czech Anglo Productions, F&ME, Madants sp. z o.o., Furia Film, Czech Television, RTVS, Barrandov Studios, Studio Metrage


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Born in Warsaw, Poland in 1948, she graduated from the FAMU film school in Prague and began her career assisting Krzysztof Zanussi and Andrzej Wajda. She collaborated with Krzysztof Kieślowski on the screenplay of his Three Colors trilogy. Her film Gorączka screened in Competition at the Berlinale in 1981, the year in which she emigrated to Paris. Since then she has made over 30 films, winning awards including the Golden Globe and a Berlinale Silver Bear, and being nominated for a BAFTA and an Emmy. Her films In Darkness, Europa Europa and Angry Harvest were all nominated for an Academy Award.



Inspired by the true story of herbalist Jan Mikolasek, who dedicated his life to caring for the sick in spite of the immense obstacles he faced in his private and public life. Born at the turn of the 20th century, Mikolasek wins fame and fortune using unorthodox treatment methods to cure a wide range of diseases. Already a local institution in Czechoslovakia before World War II, the healer gains in reputation and wealth whether during the Nazi occupation or under the Communist rule. One after the other, every regime will want to use his skills and in return gives him protection. But how high shall be the costs to maintain this status as the tide turns?


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Inner Fire

Russia, 2019; 106 min. 


Director: Misha Mareskin

Director of photography: Mikheil Kvirikadze

Music:  Artem Vasiliev.

Cast: Andrey Panin, Mikhail Pavlik, Sofia Sinitsina, Yakov Shamshin, Maria Skuratova

Producer: Evgeny Tarlo


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Misha Mareskin was born in Nizhy Novgorod, Russia. In 2003, he graduated from the Nizhny Novgorod Theater School specializing in Theatrical Drama Acting. In 2008, he graduated from the St. Petersburg State Film and Television University, specializing as a director of drama film. In 2011, he completed a graduate degree in the St. Petersburg State Film and Television University in Art Criticism



In the luxuriously apportioned St Petersburg apartment of Gaga, a former drug lord, four strangers meet. The man of the house is running late, and there is nothing left for the four to do but sit and talk. One has come to ask Gaga for money, another for a weapon, the third for blackmail, and the fourth to kill the third. One word leads to another and what first starts out as a harmless conversation between the waiting strangers becomes a series of taunts and insults at the expense of the weakest of them. This escalates into what threatens to be a bloody massacre and then… mystical encounters with the Inevitable


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The Golden Thread

Georgia, 2019, 90 min. 


Director: Lana Ghoghoberidze

Screenplay: Lana Ghoghoberidze

Cinematography: Goga Devdariani  

Music: Giya Kancheli

Costumes: Keti Alexi-Meskhishvili

Editing: Nutsa Alexi-Meskhishvili, Elene Asatiani

Producer: Nutsa Alexi-Meskhishvili, Koka Togonidze

Co-Producer: Jean-Louis Padis

Cast: Nana jorjadze, Guranda Gabunia, Zura Kipshidze, Dato Kvirtskhalia, Temiko Chichinadze, Nino Kirtadze, Marita Beridze

Production: 3003 Film Production in co-production with: Manuel Cam


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The main character of the film, 80 year old Elene is a writer. She lives together with her family and is stuck between four walls because of her health conditions. Her tranquility cracks  after her parent-in-law-Miranda moves to their house. Miranda is a former soviet high rank system employee who suffers from Alzheimer and who banned Elene’s book once.



Lana Ghoghoberidze  was born in Tbilisi in 1928. She is a Georgian film director, translator, writer and diplomat. Lana graduated from Tbilisi State University, Faculty of Philology, in 1950. In 1958- faculty of film directing at The Union Institute of Cinematography (VGIK). From 1958 she worked as a film director at a film studio “Georgian Film”.  Between 1983-1988 she supervised film directing workshop at the Tbilisi State University of Theatre and Film. Her films were screened at several film festivals, including Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Tokio, Sanremo and Geneva. In the years 1999-2004 Lana Ghoghoberidze was an Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Council of Europe. She is the author of a number of books, has published few collections of poetry translation. 


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