Event

17.02.
—18.02.

14:00 - 21:00

Room1

Online tickets via the respective film pages.

Georgian Cinema Untamed

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In collaboration with the Georgian Film Institute, Wolf hosts a retrospective of Georgian films, showcasing seven films from 1930 to 2023.

Condensing the rich 115-year history of Georgian cinema into seven films is clearly impossible. However, the selected films aim to show throughout different times the political, ideological and social context and prove that despite many obstacles, Georgian cinema remains untamed.

The need for these films to reach an audience is more important than ever, since the Georgian government and the Ministry of Culture pose enormous challenges for filmmakers, regardless of how widespread their local and international recognition may be. Critical perspectives in films or criticism by filmmakers aboit government policies are met with great dissatisfaction. Hence, about 450 Georgian filmmakers are currently boycotting state cultural institutions due to clear censorship tendencies.

Georgian Cinema Untamed features Georgia's first female director Nutsa Gogoberidze's Buba (1930) and Ujmuri (1934). Arrested and exiled for ten years during the Great Soviet Terror in 1937, Gogoberidze's films disappeared, only to be found in Russian archives a few years ago. Her story can be seen in this year's Berlinale Forum film Mother and Daughter, or the Night Is Never Complete, which is narrated by her 94-year-old daughter, director Lana Gogoberidze, a prominent figure in present-day Georgia.

The retrospective will also showcase the legendary late Georgian director Otar Iosseliani's masterpiece Once Upon a Time There Was a Singing Blackbird (1970), a famous classic of world cinema. Iosseliani's films, often described as polyphonic and likened to fugues, humorously capture the essence of his work. Once Upon a Time There Was a Singing Blackbird resonates with Bachs's contrapuntal fugue and explores the life of a young musician navigating his existence.

Three inspiring contemporary documentaries will also be screened: Salomé Jashi's Taming the Garden (2021), Mariam Chachia and Nick Voigt's Magic Mountain (2023) and Luka Beradze's Smiling Georgia (2023). These directors use different themes and film langage to reflect on the present, addressing the social and political situation in the country and fostering essential space for discussion. Apart from their significance in the modern history of Georgia, each film tells a universal story- a narrative about power.

The retrospective will also present the feature A Room of My Own (2022) by young director Ioseb "Soso" Bliadze. Primarily, it narrates a tale of unconditional solidarity between two very different young women in a toxic patriarchal environment. Filmed during the pandemic in an old apartment in Tbilisi, without funding but with the enthusiam and efforts of a group of friends, the film emerged as one of the most succesful and crucial pieces in modern Georgian cinema.

Each screening will be accompanied by a short introduction or followed by a Q&A with the film team.

We are part of INDIEKINO CLUB, an association of ten Berlin art house cinemas. On the joint site INDIEKINOCLUB club members can stream selected arthouse and indie films online at their convenience. In addition, they receive discounted admission to all participating cinemas with their ClubCard. Club membership costs €60 per year and can be purchased online or at the cinema box offices.