Though his best friend Iva arranges meetings with attractive strangers for them hence the English titleSandro — reticent and shy — is an awkward date. That is, until the two friends meet Manana during a trip to the seaside. Suddenly, Tengo and his problems are the subject of this film as Sandro drifts into a role of mediator and martyr. Using strong, if unlikely conflicts, melodramatic music and solid images Tato KotetishviliKoguashvili steeps confusion in emotion.
Koguashvili speaks about the themes of his films, their ethical implications, and comedic intentions. What is it that motivates your fascination with revealing the virtues of people who are victimized and rejected by society? In Women from Georgia, life is both dramatic and cinematic.
These women in the US bring up their kids in Georgia via telephone, teaching them songs and prayers this way. Plus, I thought that as a Georgian who belongs to this culture, I have a responsibility to depict the life that is part of my country.
The same goes for Street Days. It was not a film about drugs per se. These people attempted to legitimize their lives by imitating life through drug possession: Drugs really were a huge problem for my generation — so many great people died. Drugs were a tool which generated cinematic situations and allowed me to depict this problem.
Was it important to reveal their humanity, too? Depicting a junkie with dignity is both interesting and closer to reality.
I know so many nice people who suffered from drugs. I feel sorry for them for wasting their lives. Showing this sort of dignity on screen is important. Movies have to give you some sort of example for decent behavior. If you just show that you devastate. You need to leave open a little door of escape from this reality.
You can show reality without knowing what to do about it. Did you have the intention of making a comedy? No, I never wanted to make a pure comedy. I wanted to make the film funnier than what my generation has been doing, including myself. People keep living, they have humor. Comedy and tragedy are always mixed.
Good filmmaking is always about showing comedy on screen, even in tragedies. I just mentioned Cassavetes — what does he do? Tragedies as comedies.
I looked for a theme and again returned to the lost generation subject. Georgian films from the s and s had this comedic tragedy-signature — Iosseliani, Shengelaya etc.
And then it was lost, I think in the s. I tried it there, too, but I think less. Male lethargy takes much worse forms in Georgia than that. But at the same time, I want to show that this guy has some good qualities. I like this mixture of good and bad extremes in a single character.
But a person unable to get his life together is a tragedy. It is a huge issue in Georgia — perhaps in other countries too. My Georgian roots are important to me as a filmmaker because I think this is the only culture where I feel comfortable — comfortable enough to make movies about it.
You really need to spend a lot of time in place if you want to speak about it, ideally even grow up there. At the same time, it will have this Georgian flavor which is unusual, unknown, and which will distinguish my film from other films.
They say something about Italian life, but meanwhile they are close to me because drama is essentially always the same.
To be alone, lost, but benevolent is a phenomenon known to all cultures.K onstanty Kuzma met Georgian director Levan Koguashvili during the Berlinale (February ) where his second feature “Blind Dates” screened in the Forum section of the festival. Koguashvili speaks about the themes of his films, their ethical implications, and comedic intentions.
The 38th annual Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) took place in Toronto, Ontario, Canada between September 5 and 15, The Fifth Estate was selected as the opening film and Life of Crime was the closing film.
75 films were added to the festival line-up in August. A total of films from 70 different countries were screened, including world premieres. Dec 19, · Directed by Levan Koguashvili. With Andro Sakvarelidze, Ia Sukhitashvili, Archil Kikodze, Vakho Chachanidze.
Fortysomething Sandro still lives at home with his parents. He and his best friend seem to have no luck at finding true love during their misadventures of meeting and date various women.7/10(). Issue 63 (January ).
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Corney Sergei Dvortsevoi: Ayka by Stehn Mortensen Aleksei Fedorchenko: Anna’s War by Andrei Rogatchevski Konstantin Feokistov: The Three Bogatyrs and the Egyptian Princess (anim.) by Olga Blackledge.
Blind Dates (Georgian: Brma Paemnebi) is a Georgian drama film directed by Levan heartoftexashop.com was screened in the Contemporary World Cinema section at the Toronto International Film Festival. It also won the Best Feature Film award at the Zagreb Film Festival..
Cast. Kakhi KavsadzeDirected by: Levan Koguashvili. Dec 01, · (heartoftexashop.com) Levan Koguashvili's poker-faced charmer merits consideration from offshore arthouse distributors.
By Dennis Harvey Quietly enchanting, Levan Koguashvili’s “Blind Dates” carves out a wayward weeklong path for its Tblisi bachelor protagonist that leads not so much toward love so much as a lovely sense of warmth and generosity toward heartoftexashop.com: Ralph Hälbig.