|Salomé Jashi, Bakhmaro (2011)|
Georgia, a little-known filmmaking nation, will feature in the Focus section of the festival, held from April 19 to 22 in Nyon, Switzerland.
Festival guests will have the possibility to discover contemporary Georgian documentary cinematographic landscape through six projects and 15 films, which will feature in the 2015 Focus.
Festival organisers said the aim of the Focus section was to "shed light on contemporary film production and stimulate international collaboration with Georgia”.
"Georgia has always offered very high-quality film. You only need to think of all the great filmmakers that have come from this country – such as Otar Iosseliani, Michail Ciaureli, Eldar and Giorgi Shengelaia, Tenghiz Abuladze – to be convinced of this," said director of Visions du Reel Luciano Baritone.
"At the moment, this country has many highly talented directors and producers, particularly in the documentary field. For Visions du Réel, the choice to highlight Georgia is a manner of supporting this creative impetus,” Barisone said.
At the festival newcomer filmmakers will get the chance to personally present their projects alongside screening of their films.
Representatives of the Nyon film festival will have already chosen six Georgian projects, from which one will be awarded the title of winner and receive a prize of 10 000 Swiss Franc ($10,437 USD) by ‘visions sud est’ for Most Promising Project.
Selected projects – Focus Georgia 2015
City of the Sun, by Rati Oneli
Didube, The Last Stop, by Shorena Tevzadze
Love Song. Pastorale, by Tinatin Gurchiani
Tariela, Tariela, by Giorgi Mrevlishvili
The Pioneers' Palace, by Ana Tsimintia
The Station, by Salome Jashi
At the final part of the festival, a Georgian evening will be held where Georgian culture will be showcased from all angles.
The Focus section of the Visions du Réel is supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the ‘visions sud est’ fund and the Georgian National Film Centre.
(visionsdureel.ch) For the fifth time, Visions du Réel and the DOCM shed light on a budding yet little-known filmmaking country. The Focus aims to draw attention to committed directors and captivating films, as well as encouraging international collaboration within co-production and distribution. Georgia will be at the heart of the 2015 Focus.
Georgia is at the heart of the 2015 Focus.
Georgia has always offered very high-quality film. You only need to think of all the great filmmakers that have come from this country – such as Otar Iosseliani, Michail Ciaureli, Eldar and Giorgi Shengelaia, Tenghiz Abuladze – to be convinced of this”. At the moment, this country has many highly talented directors and producers, particularly in the documentary field. For Visions du Réel, the choice to highlight Georgia is a manner of supporting this creative impetus.
Luciano Barisone, Director of Visions du Réel
The Focus talk welcomes Georgian guests (directors, producers, institutional representatives) who explore the Georgian cinematographic landscape of the past decade as well as the current production and funding situation. Furthermore, five selected projects are presented by their directors/producers with an opportunity for one-to-one meetings. A prize of 10'000 CHF will be awarded by visions sud est to the most promising project.
In parallel, the Festival also program about ten Georgian projects as part of the Focus section.
Selected projects – Focus Georgia 2015
City of the Sun, by Rati Oneli | Géorgie – OFA/Liber8Films, Dea Kulumbegashvili and Jacob Sebiskveradze
Didube, The Last Stop, by Shorena Tevzadze | Géorgie – Real E.T. Films, Nikoloz Gogochuri
Love Song. Pastorale., by Tinatin Gurchiani | Géorgie – TT Films, Tamar Gurchiani
Tariela, Tariela, by Giorgi Mrevlishvili | Géorgie – Caucasian Filmodrom, Rusudan Pirveli
The Pioneers' Palace, by Ana Tsimintia | Géorgie/Lituanie – Matchhouse Films /Anaben Film, Esma Berikishvili and Bernardas Andriusis
The Station, by Salomé Jashi | Géorgie/Allemagne – Sakdoc/inselfilm, Salomé Jashi, Urte Fink and Gregor Streiber
Films programmed – 2015 Focus Georgia
Akhmeteli Street No.4, by Archil Khetagouri, Georgia, 2006, 65'
America in One Room, by David Kandelaki, Georgia, 2007, 53'
Reflection, by Giorgi Mrevlishvili, Georgia/Germany, 2010, 11'
Bakhmaro, by Salomé Jashi, Georgia, 2011, 58'
Biblioteka, by Ana Tsimintia, Georgia/Lituania, 2014, 54'
The Bridge, by Vano Arsenishvili and Nino Orjonikidze, Georgia, 2005, 33'
Let You Always Sing, Mother!, by Zurab Inushvili, Georgia, 2008, 75'
The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear, by Tinatin Gurchiani, Georgia, 2012, 97'
Meidan, Nave of the World, by Dato Janelidze, Georgia, 2005, 50'
The Pipeline Next Door, by Nino Kirtadzé, Georgia/France, 2005, 90'
Pirimze, by Sophia Tabatadze, Georgia/Germany, 2015, 41'
The Ruler, by Shalva Shengeli, Georgia, 2014, 53'
Speechless, by Salomé Jashi, Géorgie, 2009, 12'
Lives in Transit, by Tamuna Jalaghania-Brisson et Valérie Léon, Georgia/France, 2010, 33'
Will There Be a Theatre up There?, by Nana Janelidze, Georgia, 2011, 55'
visions sud est 2015 award | Focus Georgia
The Swiss fund production helper visions sud es in collaboration with Visions du Réel and with the support of the Swiss agency for Development and Cooperation (SDN), supports cinematographic productions from Asia, Africa, Latin America and Eastern Europe. It aims to make the promotion of these films internationally and guarantees their distribution in Switzerland.
visions sud est will award a 10.000 CHF prize to the most promising projet.