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Don’t Breathe

Documentary Film
86 minutes
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Heidi Fleisher, Céline Nusse, Paul Rozenberg
Nino Kirtadze
Andro Sanovich, Tornike Shengelia, Jacek Petrycki, Octavio Santo
Nino Kirtadze, Christel Aubert, Josianne Zardoya
Nino Kirtadze
Tengo Asitashvili, Benjamin Bober, Stephan Bauer
Levan, a resident of the Georgian capital in his late 40s, is taking a routine medical examination. Afterwards, something strange happens to him: the medication makes his thoughts overflow into the unknown – even question the principles of his own existence. Nino Kirtadze, who is one of Georgia’s internationally most renowned female filmmakers, turns Levan’s “medical history” into a cinema of strong emotions, a black hypochondriac comedy of metaphorical power, not least by borrowing the directorial strategies of feature films. This gives “Don’t Breathe” a slightly separate position among her numerous documentary films – perhaps as a new milestone in an artist’s quest.

Zaza Rusadze

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