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Documentary Film
2017
82 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Heinz Emigholz, Andreas Reihse
Heinz Emigholz
Kreidler
Heinz Emigholz, Till Beckmann
Heinz Emigholz, Till Beckmann
Heinz Emigholz
Jochen Jezussek
Of course, Heinz Emigholz is not a Georgian filmmaker. But there are good reasons for showing the first “chapter” of his four-part cycle of films “Streetscapes” here. It’s valuable: as a view from outside and a case study of the orientation and desires of such a foreign look. In 2013, Emigholz accompanied the Düsseldorf-based band Kreidler to Tbilisi, where the musicians recorded parts of their “ABC” album. They used an old film studio lot, one of the last places with a “Soviet look and feel” that had managed to escape the craze for modernisation. Urban architecture unfolds around the studio, in skewed perspectives that maybe only travellers from the West can think of.

Zaza Rusadze

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Altzaney

Documentary Film
2009
31 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Nino Orjonikidze, Salome Jashi
Nino Orjonikidze, Vano Arsenishvili
Vano Arsenishvili
Vano Arsenishvili, Nino Orjonikidze
The Pankisi Gorge is situated in north east Georgia, nestled between the Caucasian mountains. It’s been the home of the Muslim Kists for ages, and that of Altzaney, too, for the past 80 years. The old woman has a special position in this patriarchal society: as the mediator between the worlds of the dead and the living, as a wise adviser in existential decisions. Nino Orjonikidze and Vano Arsenishvili bring their camera very close to Altzaney, filming her face and its wrinkles, her hands and their gestures, with sidelong glances to the white laundry flapping in the wind. These images come together to form the intimate portrait of an exceptional woman.

Zaza Rusadze

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

City of the Sun

Documentary Film
2017
100 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Dea Kulumbegashvili, Rati Oneli, Jim Stark
Rati Oneli
Arseni Khachaturan
Ramiro Suárez
Dea Kulumbegashvili, Rati Oneli
Sonia Matrosova, Alexey Kobzar
Chiatura once set the pulse of the times. With the biggest manganese mine in the world, the city was a motor of the Soviet heavy industry. When Rati Oneli arrives, those days are over. Few things are moving, except for his camera which moves to capture a wide screen shot. Or perhaps there are: the minds and bodies of a music teacher, a miner and two young female athletes who persevere in what has become a ghost town. Oneli combines their portraits in a thrilling atmospheric tale that invokes the Georgian national epic and is enriched by suggestive music, giving a narrative form to his long film debut that at least gets the documentary elements flowing.

Zaza Rusadze

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Don’t Breathe

Documentary Film
2014
86 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
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

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Exodus

Documentary Film
2015
15 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Lasha Khalvashi, Tinatin Kajrishvili
Vakhtang Jajanidze
Sandro Wysocki
Giga Japaridze
Vakhtang Jajanidze
Paata Godziashvili, Nino Tevdorashvili
Where is the boundary between documentary observation and staged re-enactment? It may be running right through Chiatura, the former global capital of manganese mining, now sinking into dreariness, perhaps kept together only by the last surviving cable cars. Vakhtang Jajanidze turned places into locations and inhabitants into actors lining up to tell their own stories, which follow a script based on the proverbial “true story”. So the time came when fate wanted to separate two sisters. Lily, a cable car driver, was determined to stay; Tatiana, who was unemployed, had decided to leave …

Zaza Rusadze

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Horizon

Animated Film
2017
5 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Dato Kiknavelidze, Lali Kiknavelidze
Dato Kiknavelidze
Zviad Mgebrishvili
Dato Kiknavelidze
Dato Kiknavelidze
Dato Kiknavelidze
Dato Kiknavelidze
Beso Kacharava
Everything becomes blood red, the desert is glowing, the man’s face is burning with effort. He is chained to a stone, determinedly pulling the heavy burden along – until he faints. His subconscious sends even redder images, of a modern war with explosions, rolling tanks and rattling machine guns. Dato Kiknavelidze’s animated short film is in chains, like its protagonist: associative links in symbolic colours from whose end, deliberately or inevitably, dangles the Caucasian War of 2008, weighted with the kind of patriotism that has shaped the national narrative as well as Georgia’s toasts for centuries.

Zaza Rusadze

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Li.Le

Animated Film
2017
10 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Vladimer Katcharava
Natia Nikolashvili
Nikoloz Ghoghoberidze
Natia Nikolashvili
Natia Nikolashvili
Beso Kacharava
A girl in an orange robe and a stag are walking through a freezing magic forest. All around them nature is hibernating. The rivers are frozen, the plants have wilted. But where does their path through the icy cold lead? The girl Li.Le begins to look for signs. She discovers clues, wants to interpret, perhaps even follow them. But at first the stag doesn’t like this … In Natia Nikolashvili’s animated fairy tale world hiking is one thing, finding out another. Is Li.Le experiencing a budding spring and a meeting of souls in the mind? Or do these images contain clues leading to reality?

Zaza Rusadze

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Madonna

Documentary Film
2014
58 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Natia Guliashvili
Nino Gogua
Alexander Kvatashidze
Sandro Khutsishvili
Niko Tarielashvili
Nino Gogua takes us on a gender trip. We are being chauffeured by 57-year-old Madona, the only woman driving an urban bus through Tbilisi. Madona has made her way in a “man’s job”, confidently steering her rickety vehicle through the streets and quite frequently to the workshop. In the process, she also drives by the patriarchal assumptions of Georgian society. Nino Gogua follows this strong woman as she explores her feminine side, too. On International Women’s Day, Madona is likely to get no flowers from her colleagues again. That’s why she wants to give herself a present: a new hairdo, for example.

Zaza Rusadze

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Sonnige Nacht

Documentary Film
2017
85 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Soso Dumbadze, Lea Hartlaub
Soso Dumbadze, Lea Hartlaub
Lea Hartlaub
Soso Dumbadze
A film about the church, nation, republic and people and their interrelationships in times of change, constructed completely of archive material found on the Internet by Lea Hartlaub and Soso Dumbadze. Their found footage essay is a chronological reconstruction of Georgia’s recent history – from independence to the present day. The arrangement of the sequences reveals the influence of the Orthodox Christian church, which has been growing continuously in the past decade. As its power increases it reserves the right to actively intervene in social processes. Today priests throw stones at LGBT protesters. Today, deeply religious women want to heal homosexuals with nettles.

Zaza Rusadze

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Sovdagari

Documentary Film
2016
22 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Ilia Tavberidze
Tamta Gabrichidze
Gigi Chipashvili
Vano Andiashvili
Nona Gogodze
Ilia Magradze
Gela has turned his minibus into a shop. He drives across the Georgian countryside, selling colourful second-hand clothing and shiny plastic household appliance straight out of the boot of his not quite so shiny car. If you ask Gela for the price of his goods, he will quote it in potatoes. For potatoes are worth more than money. Tamta Gabrichidze’s quasi road movie won the Best Short Documentary Award at Hot Docs 2017. Perhaps for its impressive backdrop, those Georgian mountains passing by and the landscapes at their feet. Perhaps for its bizarreness, which seems to go some way towards satisfying the Western desire for exotic far-away places.

Zaza Rusadze

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

The Dazzling Light of Sunset

Documentary Film
2016
74 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Urte Amelie Fink, Salomé Jashi, Gregor Streiber
Salomé Jashi
Salomé Jashi
Derek Howard
David Sikharulidze, Ivane Gvaradze, Giorgi Khancheli
Salomé Jashi is shooting in the provincial town of Tsalenjikha, following the paths of Dariko, a reporter who covers giant owls, fashion shows and funerals for the local television station. The people who cross the local journalist’s – and indirectly the camera’s – path are mortifyingly anxious about their public image, so much so that one would be tempted to smirk if it wasn’t for the deplorable changing conditions. So the ever present comedy remains subdued, but always close to Georgian everyday life. Because the latter constantly seems to produce “errors connected to ugliness” and could thus have been the model for Aristotle’s definition of comedy.

Zaza Rusadze

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear

Documentary Film
2012
101 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Tamar Gurchiani (Alethea Ltd)
Tinatin Gurchiani
Mahan Mobashery, Marian Mentrup
Andreas Bergmann
Nari Kim
Tinatin Gurchiani
Michael Krajczok
It all began with a casting. In 2011, filmmaker Tinatin Gurchiani was looking for young people aged between 15 and 25 who thought their lives were particularly well suited for the cinema. Older people came, and younger ones, too. Everyone was interviewed: about their desires and goals, love and war, positioned against the crumbling plaster of the pale blue wall of a gym. The shot Gurchiani used to present her protagonists is called an “American shot” and is part of the cinematographic folklore of the western movie: a frame which brings out the cowboy’s guns. Or which reveals that the gunslinger doesn’t carry guns at all.

Zaza Rusadze

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

When the Earth Seems to Be Light

Documentary Film
2015
80 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Jörg Langkau, Temur Ugulava, Zaza Rusadze, collective Goslab
Salome Machaidze, Tamuna Karumidze, David Meskhi
Natalie Beridze, Nika Machaidze, Maxime Machaidze, Thomas Brinkmann, Ryuichi Sakamoto
Levan Maisuradze, Tamuna Karumidze, David Meskhi
Tamuna Karumidze, Salome Machaidze
The trio of directors, Machaidze, Karumidze and Meskhi, look at Georgian youth. And they look back in a not quite so Georgian fashion. The young people in this poetic film would fit just as well under the Los Angeles sun. The visual parallel becomes a paradox only when you look more closely: riding their skateboards they glide through Soviet ruins, including the random architectural strikes with which the new Georgia is trying to get rid of the old “protector power”. To float in the air, overcome gravity, only for a few seconds! But gravity in Tbilisi seems to be heavier than elsewhere. In the background we hear the cries of Georgian reality …

Zaza Rusadze

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.