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Georgian cinema – „13 Tzameti”, dir. Géla Babluani

13 Tzameti
dir. Géla Babluani; 2005; 89 min.

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MOVE EAST MOVIE

For the last few years, Eastern European cinema has been more bravely than before stepping outside the cocoon of post-communist inertia, providing an engaging alternative to Western, Asian and American films. Eastern European cinema brings a lot of freshness, opening the door for new perspectives to take more central stage – present-day problems, the perception of the European border system or everyday existence. A look at the cinematography of our Eastern neighbours and, in particular, a filmic look at the countries of the Caucasus provides unlimited sources of knowledge regarding the cultures of the region, which is still under-recognised by an average European. Initiating the „Move East Movie” series, we hope to be able to raise the consciousness of cinema enthusiasts and zoom in on both the contemporary reality of the residents of the Eastern Partnership countries and the artistic concerns of their filmmakers. Georgia will mark the first place on our cinematic map and to celebrate its culture we have prepared a six-day outdoor presentation of films created in that country.

In the words of Federico Fellini: “Georgian cinematography constitutes an unusual phenomenon. Unique, light in terms of its philosophical content but simultaneously sublime; pure and characterised by childlike innocence. Georgian films contain everything that could potentially lead to catharsis and, personally, I am not easily moved to tears.” Hopefully, the cinema-curious audience gathered in Lublin will be as emotionally affected by the works of Géla Babluani, Nana Ekvtimishvili, Zaza Urushadze and Lewan Koguaszwili as the Italian director himself.

Curator: Agnieszka Wojciechowska