Born in Tbilisi and based in France for many years, Nino Kirtadze has established a distinguished career as both an actor and a documentary filmmaker. We look forward to hosting her in this short residency and learning more from her presentations. We showcase five films she has directed, all of which center on issues related to Georgia, Russia, or the relationship between these two nations. Her award-winning Durakovo: Village of Fools (2008) profiles the autocratic head of a rehabilitation center outside Moscow, but leads us to consider how political power in the Russian Federation works today. Kirtadze has chronicled issues of great importance to her homeland Georgia, such as the 2008 Russo-Georgian War in Something About Georgia (2010) and the development of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline in The Pipeline Next Door (2005). She examines cultural and societal tendencies in Tell My Friends That I’m Dead (2003), which considers the way western Georgians mourn the dead. Her most recent foray, the wonderfully entertaining Don’t Breathe (2014), set in Tbilisi, offers an intimate portrait of a patient’s response to a medical diagnosis. Kirtadze’s talents as a filmmaker are demonstrated in the fluid way she works: selecting interesting subjects and allowing stories to take shape over time.
We are delighted that critic Michael Guillen will join Kirtadze in conversation to discuss her work following screenings on April 9 and 10. Guillen is a freelance film journalist, known for his thorough reviews and interviews on The Evening Class blog and for his contributions to Film International, movieScope, Fandor, MUBI, GreenCine, and Twitch.