|"A Story of Mountainous Racha", |
1930 by first female film director Nutsa Gogoberidze
This year the BIFF established a special program devoted to Georgia in order to introduce newly emerged female directors and highlight their significance in Georgian cinema history. The work of male Georgian filmmakers will also be presented at BIFF.
"The Power of Georgian Women Filmmakers is not only significant for showing films directed by women but this is an opportunity to show social issues, contradiction, discrimination and conflict seen in Georgia through 12 films by female directors. Regardless of gender, the new cinematic aesthetics of Georgian films will be delivered to audiences,” stated the BIFF website."
This year’s special program will feature 12 films including A Story of Mountainous Racha directed in 1930 by Georgia’s first female film director Nutsa Gogoberidze.
As well as holding this impressive title, Gogoberidze was the start of a three generational line of female film directors. Her daughter Lana Gogoberidze directed Day is Longer than Night, which was introduced at the Cannes International Film Festival in 1984, and her granddaughter Salome Alexi currently worked as a film producer and director.
The BIFF will create an opportunity for viewers to watch works from all three women in the Gogoberidze family, as well as works from other Georgian female directors.
While the work of female Georgian filmmakers will be honoured, other Georgian movies by male filmmakers will also be presented at BIFF.
In the World Cinema section of the festival, 55 films from 33 countries will take part, including Georgian film Corn Island, directed by George Ovashvili. The film wowed critics at July's 49th Karlovy Vary Film Festival where it won the $25,000 Crystal Globe top prize.
The focus of the BIFF was to introduce new films and first-time directors, especially those from Asian countries. Another notable feature was the event’s appeal to young people, in terms of the youthful audience it attracted and through its efforts to develop and promote young talent.
The work of Georgian female filmmakers at BIFF is: