Iliko, Ilarion, Grandmother, and Me
Arabesque on a Pirosmani Theme
Will There Be a Theatre Up There?!
A quiet young boy weaves his way through the underbelly of contemporary Georgia in this evocative update of the neorealist tradition, which “beautifully captures the way a crumbling locale permeates the characters’ lives” (Variety).
BAMPFA Student Committee Pick
This poetic, visually stunning biography of the great Georgian primitive artist Nikoloz (Niko) Pirosmanishvili won the Grand Prize at the Chicago Film Festival. “A splendid and innovative work of poetic biography” (New Yorker). With Sergei Paradjanov’s Arabesque on a Pirosmani Theme.
Inspired by Pier Paolo Pasolini and set in a nineteenth-century southern Georgia still dominated by the Ottoman Empire, The Way Home reimagines the historical figure of Anthim the Iberian (1650–1716)—a revered scholar, theologian, calligrapher, and philosopher—as a quiet young man who tries to return home after escaping his captors. An allusive road movie featuring striking landscape cinematography.
Poetry and song combine in this “magisterially shot” black-and-white work, based on two epic poems by Georgian writer Vaza Psavela (National Film Theatre of London).
Part historical essay, part re-created biography, Will There Be a Theatre Up There?! uses the tragic circumstances of the twentieth century as a backdrop for the chronicle of a Georgian family. With Salomé Alexi’s Felicità, a deadpan, hilarious short on the work of women.
Abuladze’s humanist depiction of a small community and his central character’s coming of age—moving through the seasons, through war and then peace—is reminiscent of Satyajit Ray and Federico Fellini’s cinema.
In this exquisite film by Georgian director Iosseliani, a string quartet’s visit to a small village is treated with the gentle satire usually associated with the Czech New Wave. “Iosseliani is [Georgia’s] greatest director” (Tom Luddy).