Thursday, February 14, 2013

BERLINALE 2013: Half shadows and blooms - Highlight from Georgia (

nice photo here in flickr >>>
( Jonathan Romney looks beyond a lacklustre-so-far competition to highlight two unheralded gems from Germany and Georgia.

Out on a limb of its own in terms of being sheerly satisfying is In Bloom, a Georgian film co-directed by Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Gross. It’s a female coming-of-age story set in Tblisi in 1992, and carries an autobiographical charge on Ekvtimishvili’s part. The heroines are two adolescent classmates. One has her father’s absence to contend with (it’s not made clear at first, but he’s in prison), while the other is caught between two young admirers – a romantic suitor who gives her a gun to protect herself, and the impulsive thug that she probably should be protecting herself from.

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