(variety.com) KARLOVY VARY, Czech Rep. — The Karlovy Vary Film Festival’s Works in Progress Award has gone to tragicomedy “Blind Dates” from Georgia, which has replaced Romania as the rising star among European film industries.
The pic is helmed by Levan Koguashvili, who also produced, alongside by Olena Yershova and Suliko Tsulukidze. Koguashvili and Boris Frumin penned the script.
who presented the project at the fest, was awarded a check from Prague’s
Barrandov Studios for Euros 10,000 ($13,000) in post-production
Koguashvili last film “Street Days” was in competition at Rotterdam Fest in 2010, and was the Georgian entry for the foreign-language film Oscar.
“Blind Dates,” which has a budget of Euro 650,000 ($846,000), is set
to be released in September with an eye to a berth at a major fall fest.
The pic centers on Sandro, a 40-year-old Tbilisi teacher, who still
lives with his parents. He has little luck with the women he looks up on
dating sites, but then he meets hairdresser Manana, and falls in love.
However, she turns out to be married and her husband, Tengo, is an ex
“In Georgia, despite all the wars, misery and constant political and
social problems, the people are warm-hearted,” Yershova said. “In our
pragmatic and often cold times, the warmth of human relationships
The jury, which comprised Keiko Funato of sales company Alpha Violet,
Mira Staleva of the Sofia Film Festival and Sofia Meetings in Bulgaria,
and Czech producer Pavel Strnad
of Negativ, commented: “All projects were blind dates for the jury, and
we selected this film because of the director’s strong vision, sense of
humor and brilliant minimalistic acting when portraying the delicacy of
Nineteen projects were chosen to compete out of 56 entries.