"Georgian film is a strange phenomenon, special, philosophically light, sophisticated and at the same time childishly pure and innocent. There is everything that can make me cry and I ought to say that it (my crying) is not an easy thing" said Federico Fellini, acclaimed Italian film director
Georgia has a long history of cinematography which starts at the end of 19th century almost simultaneously with development of cinema in Europe. The first cinema opened in Tbilisi in 1896; by the early 1900s, there were several film theaters throughout Georgia.
In early 2000s the situation started to change step-by-step and modern Georgian cinematography, in spite of difficult period, still continues its development. In the last period, films are shot generally by new generation of talented filmmakers such as: Dito Tsintsadze, Levan Koguashvili, Giorgi Ovashvili, Zaza Urushadze, Aleko Tsabadze, etc. Many of them have received a lot of international film festivals awards.
The Georgian section at TOFIFEST is represented by six new films. Majority of them touch upon various problems existing in modern Georgia. Levan Koguashivili’s Women from Georgia and Salome Aleksi-Meskhishvili’s Felicita address the problems of immigrant women living and working abroad (USA and Italy respectively). In Street Days (Levan Koguashvili) various social problematic, drug addiction issues are depicted. The Other Bank by George Ovashvili tells story of 12 years old boy, who belongs to the generation, which was subject to mass displacement during civil war in Abkahzia region. Salome Jashi’s film The Leader Is Always Right shows patriotic camps where high school children spent around two weeks and where leader is always right ideology is cultivated. The film Three Houses (Zaza Urushadze) consists of three novels united by a story of the picture encompassing three cenuries
We hope that New Georgian Cinema section will be interesting and well accepted by audience at TOFIFEST. On behalf of BIAFF we want to express our gratitude to TOFIFEST for giving us an opportunity to present modern Georgian cinema to the Polish (and not only) audience.