Georgia will be the guest of honour at the Visions du Réel 2015 Focus. In partnership with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the visions sud est fund and the Georgian National Film Center, the Focus section aims to shed light on contemporary film production and stimulate international collaboration with this country. Fifteen Georgian documentaries from the past decade will be shown throughout the Festival, and the Focus Talk day will be an opportunity to explore the Georgian contemporary cinematographic landscape. Six film projects in development, which have been selected for the occasion, will then be presented by the invited Georgian directors and producers.
Focus Talk: a unique international networking platform
In September 2014, the Festival launched a call for documentary film creation projects from Georgia. Six film projects still in development were chosen and will be screened by their respective teams, specially invited to attend the Focus Talk on Tuesday 21 April 2015 (open to the public, free entrance). The participants of Focus Talk have the unique opportunity to share their knowledge and experience of co-productions with Georgia. The Jury for the Prix visions sud est 2015 is composed of Thierry Jobin, Director of FIFF, the Fribourg International Film Festival, Martial Knaebel of trigon-film, and Ananda Scepka, Head of the Open Doors section at the Locarno Film Festival.
A spotlight on Georgian film production
Fifteen Georgian documentaries from the past decade have been selected in the context of the Focus section, which is part of the official Visions du Réel programme. Among the highlights of this programme are The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear by Tinatin Gurchiani (2012), acclaimed at many international festivals and 2013 winner of the Directing Award: World Cinema Documentary at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival, and Pirimze by Sophia Tabatadze (2015), which will be screened as a world première during the Festival. Sometimes committed, sometimes melancholic, sometimes tinged with humour but always creative, Georgian cinema can be discovered throughout Visions du Réel 2015.
The 6 projets selected for the Focus Talk
City of the Sun, by Rati Oneli | Géorgie – OFA/Liber8Films, Dea Kulumbegashvili and Jacob Sebiskveradze
Didube, The Last Stop, by Shorena Tevzadze | Géorgie – Real E.T. Films, Nikoloz Gogochuri
Love Song. Pastorale., by Tinatin Gurchiani | Géorgie – TT Films, Tamar Gurchiani
Tariela, Tariela, by Giorgi Mrevlishvili | Géorgie – Caucasian Filmodrom, Rusudan Pirveli
The Pioneers' Palace, by Ana Tsimintia | Géorgie/Lituanie – Matchhouse Films /Anaben Film, Esma Berikishvili and Bernardas Andriusis
The Station, by Salomé Jashi | Géorgie/Allemagne – Sakdoc/inselfilm, Salomé Jashi, Urte Fink and Gregor Streiber
The 15 films programmed in the Focus
Akhmeteli Street No.4, by Archil Khetagouri, Georgia, 2006, 65'
America in One Room, by David Kandelaki, Georgia, 2007, 53'
Reflection, by Giorgi Mrevlishvili, Georgia/Germany, 2010, 11'
Bakhmaro, by Salomé Jashi, Georgia, 2011, 58'
Biblioteka, by Ana Tsimintia, Georgia/Lituania, 2014, 54'
The Bridge, by Vano Arsenishvili and Nino Orjonikidze, Georgia, 2005, 33'
Let You Always Sing, Mother!, by Zurab Inushvili, Georgia, 2008, 75'
The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear, by Tinatin Gurchiani, Georgia, 2012, 97'
Meidan, Nave of the World, by Dato Janelidze, Georgia, 2005, 50'
The Pipeline Next Door, by Nino Kirtadzé, Georgia/France, 2005, 90'
Pirimze, by Sophia Tabatadze, Georgia/Germany, 2015, 41'
The Ruler, by Shalva Shengeli, Georgia, 2014, 53'
Speechless, by Salomé Jashi, Géorgie, 2009, 12'
Lives in Transit, by Tamuna Jalaghania-Brisson et Valérie Léon, Georgia/France, 2010, 33'
Will There Be a Theatre up There?, by Nana Janelidze, Georgia, 2011, 55'
Schedules and venues to be announced on 1st April 2015.