Saturday, March 02, 2013
DOCUMENTARY: The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear
Directed by Tinatin Gurchiani
An Icarus Films release
For more info, or to order: icarusfilms.com
A filmmaker puts out a casting call for young adults, aged 15- to 23. The director wants to make a film about growing up in her home country, Georgia, and find commonalities across social and ethnic lines. She travels through cities and villages interviewing the candidates who responded and filming their daily lives.
The boys and girls who responded to the call are radically different from one another, as are their personal reasons for auditioning. Some want be movie stars and see the film as a means to that end; others want to tell their personal story. One girl wants to call to account the mother who abandoned her; one boy wants to share the experience of caring for his handicapped family members; another wants to clear the name of a brother, currently serving a jail sentence.
Together, their tales weave a kaleidoscopic tapestry of war and love, wealth and poverty, creating an extraordinarily complex vision of a modern society that still echoes with its Soviet past.
**Best Director, World Cinema Documentary, 2013 Sundance Film Festival
**Best Georgian Film, 2012 Tblisi International Film Festival
**2013 Documentary Fortnight, MoMA
**2013 True/False Film Festival
**2013 Thessaloniki International Documentary Festival
**2012 DOK Leipzig
**2012 IDFA, Amsterdam 2012
**2013 Göteborg International Film Festival
**2013 ZagrebDox, Croatia
**2013 One World HRFF Prague
**2013 Hong Kong Film Festival