(facebook.com) On the occasion of the release of "Georgian Trilogy" by Stefan Tolz in Georgia, the filmmaker will speak about his work at Frontline Club Tbilisi on December 18.
German filmmaker Stefan Tolz has known Georgia for more than 25 years and carries Georgia "in his heart" as he says.
He has directed more than 20 documentaries, mostly in co-operation with the French-German cultural channel ARTE. He came to Georgia for the first time in 1990 to study at the Georgian Institute for Drama and Cinema and experienced the collapse of the Soviet Union in Tbilisi. He has been coming back ever since and made Tbilisi his permanent home seven years ago.
His last film "Full Speed Westward", in which he shows the quest for Georgia's future orientation through the eyes of an old classic Volga 21 received wide attention in Georgia and abroad. Film critic Gogi Gvakharia called the documentary 'the best film of the year 2013'.
Stefan Tolz has also been working as an executive producer and is currently co-producing three feature documentaries with Filmpunkt, a well-known production house from Cologne. He has also been teaching documentary filmmaking to students around the globe.
His three feature documentaries about Georgia will now be available for the first time in a DVD Edition, published trilangual (Georgian - English -‐ German) and comes with interesting bonus material and and a 32-‐page-‐booklet.
Back in the early 1990's Stefan shot his first film on Georgia Caucasian Banquet, in which famous tamada Wakhushti Kotetishvili leads a Georgian feast. Filmed in the early 1990s, in the first year of Georgian independence, the footage revives the sentiment of these bygone days, a time of beginnings in the confusion of the dissolving Soviet Union.
Ten years later he made highly acclaimed feature documentary On the Edge of Time, a journey into the tough daily life of men at four remote and parochial locations in the Caucasus, in which people live as if it was at another time. The footage was filmed at the turn of the millenium and asks which values are important on our planet today. The film won the Golden Gate Award in San Francisco and the Grand Prize at the International Documentary Film Festival in Taiwan.
His latest feature doc Full Speed Westward was out in Tbilisi's cinemas this year and awarded at Chicago's International Film Festival TV Awards. In this film a classic sky-blue Volga 21 takes the film’s viewers on an unusual road trip during the last two years of President Saakashvili's rule and follows the rise of Georgian billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili to become the most powerful politician in the country. The film also shows how the dream of becoming part of the Western world is capable of sowing division within society.
The three films show the country from the very personal perspective of a German filmmaker who has spent half his life with Georgia in his heart. Spanning 25 years, the films follow various paths in an attempt to uncover what makes Georgia such a magical place.
Thursday, December 18th at 5.30 p.m.
Frontline Club Georgia
62, Lado Asatiani Street, Tbilisi
(Presentation and Q&A will be held in English)