Self-portrait Along the Borderline
Director, Camera, Sound: Anna Dziapshipa
Editor: Eka Tsotsoria
Music: Nika Paniashvili
Sound designer: Paata Godziashvili
Color correction: Nodar Nozadze
Producer: Anna Dziapshipa, Executive Producer: Niko Mikadze
Co-producer: Murman Original Pictures LLC
Financed by: Georgian National Film Center, Heinrich Boell Foundation, South Caucasus Regional Office, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung
Throughout this journey of understanding her identity, the director takes us along an ambivalent path, offering a new perspective on the meaning of roots. Upon finding her abandoned summer house in Abkhazia, 25 years after she left it, a ‘Pandora’s box’ of violent and yet still cherished memories is opened.
The highly personal narration delves into the complexities of nationalism and identity in times of war and global displacement. Ultimately, these reflections on recent history become a potential manual for what can come next, once the wars are over.
რას ვხედავთ, როდესაც ცას ვუყურებთ?
Director: Alexandre Koberidze
Script : Alexandre Koberidze Cinematographer: Faraz Fesharaki
Montage: Alexandre Koberidze
Art Director: Maka Jebirahsvili
Costume Designer: Nino Zautashvili
Make-up artist: Lana Amoeva
Gaffer: Moritz Friese
Sound Operator: Giorgi Koberidze Composer: Giorgi Koberidze
Sound mix: Alexandre Leser
Color correction: Isabelle Julien
Cast: Ana Karseladze, Oliko Barbakadze, Giorgi Botchorishvili, Giorgi Ambroladze Producer: DFFB, Mariam Shatberashvili Co-producers: Anna Dziapshipa, Keto Kipiani Sakdoc Film, Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg New Matter Films Alexandre Koberidze
Financial Support: Gefördert durch
Georgian National Film Center
It’s love at first sight when Lisa and Giorgi meet by chance on a street in the Georgian city of Kutaisi. Love hits them so suddenly, they even forget to ask each other’s names. Before continuing on their way, they agree to meet the next day. Little do they know that an evil eye casts its spell on them. Will they manage to meet again? And if they do, will they know who they are? Life goes on as usual in their hometown, street dogs stray, the soccer world cup begins and a film crew on its quest to find true love might be what they need.
A film by Salomé Jashi
Cinematographers: Goga Devdariani, Salomé Jashi
Editor: Chris Wright
Sound recordists: Nino Tevdorashvili, Ana Davitashvili, Tengo Mandzulashvili
Sound designer: Philippe Ciompi
Music supervisor: Celia Stroom
Researcher: Tamara Mshvenieradze
Produced by Vadim Jendreyko, Erik Winker, Martin Roelly, Salomé Jashi Mira Film, Corso Film, Sakdoc Film
Sales: Syndicado Film Sales Aleksandar Govedarica
The opening shot of filmmaker Salomé Jashi’s striking environmental tale captures a tree as tall as a 15-story building floating on a barge across the vast Black Sea. Its destination lies within a garden countless miles away, privately owned by a wealthy and anonymous man whose passion resides in the removal, and subsequent replanting, of foreign trees into his own man-made Eden.
With astonishing cinematic style,Taming the Garden tracks the surreal uprooting of ancient trees from their Georgian locales. With each removal, tensions flare between workers and villagers. Some see financial incentives—new roads, handsome fees—while others angrily mourn the loss of what was assumed an immovable monolith of their town’s collective history and memory. With a steady and shrewdly observant eye, Jashi documents a single man’s power over Earth’s natural gardens: how majestic living artifacts of a country’s identity can so effortlessly become uprooted by individuals with no connection to the nature they now claim as their own.
Sundance Film Festival
Film by Salome Jashi
Produced by Urte Amélie Fink, Salomé Jashi and Gregor Streiber
Sakdoc Film and inselfilm filmproduktion
Sales: Syndicado Film Sales Aleksandar Govedarica
The film takes a small-town television station as the centrepiece of its story and draws a pseudo-ethnographic portrait of a community in Georgia. Rituals and traditions define the lifestyle here, though a distant warped reflection of the modern world has already invaded the collective mind. Here performance of one’s self in the best possible way is of primary importance. This cinematic kaleidoscope of characters, places and events unveils the life of the local community and its hybrid values. The sole journalist of the television station, Dariko, functions as Virgil from Dante’s Divine Comedy, taking the audience on a trip through the community’s moments of revelation.
Director, editor: Ugis Olte
Script: Ugis Olte, Daro Sulakauri, Givi Odisharia
Cinematographers: Valdis Celmins, Uldis Cekulis
Original music: Janis Šipkevics, Reinis Sejans, Gatis Zakis, (“INSTRUMENTI”)
Sound: Artis Dukalsis
Producers: Uldis Cekulis (VFS Films, Latvia), Anna Dziapshipa (Sakdoc Film, Georgia).
The Samtskhe-Javakheti region in South Georgia, with a mostly Armenian population, suffers under silent ethnic tensions caused by a historical burden. A unique place to study the role of the human factor in ethnic conflicts through the eyes of a Georgian photographer and ears of a Latvian film director.
Director: Vakhtang (Tato) Kotetishvili
Producer: Anna Dziapshipa
Camera: Vakhtang (Tato) Kotetishvili
Script: Nikoloz Mdvivani Vakhtang (Tato) Kotetishvili
Cast: Murad Ispirian Anuka Zedginidze
Editor: Vakhtang (Tato) Kotetishvili
Sound Design: Nika Paniashvili
Music: Nodar Nozadze Nika Paniashvili
Production Design: Papuna Papaskiri
Murad and Masha are planning a life together. But before they build a house, they go on a date dynamite fishing. This will bring some unexpected turns to their uncomplicated love story. A spirited tale of love and death, told with irresistible charm and a bit of stop-motion.
Directed and filmed by Salomé Jashi;
Sound by Davit Sikharulidze;
Editing by Derek Howard;
Sound design and mix by Paata Godziashvili
Produced by Anna Dziaphipa and Heino Deckert
Sakdoc Film and ma.ja.de filmproduktion
A journey into a lively but rotting building in a provincial Georgian town. It once used to be a hotel called ‘Bakhmaro’. At the centre of the building is a restaurant whose walls are covered with bright green and orange plastic foam and where tables are set, waiting for customers – who rarely come. A Chinese shop, a slot machines and a political party office can also be found here. The building is a microcosm intruded by the constant anticipation of change. It is a model of this troubled country with its endless demonstrations and opposition rallies. On the backdrop of political events, somehow, all of life is here.
Directed by Salome Jashi
Filmed by Tato Kotetishvili
Sound Nika Paniashvili
Produced by Sakdoc Film and Artefact production
Support: Georgian National Film Center, Open Society – Georgia Foundation and British Council
Speechless is part of the documentary film series ’10 Minutes of Democracy’
The 2008 Georgia-Russia War resulted in the deaths of several hundred people and expulsion of tens of thousands from South Ossetia. Is there a way to show the tragedy of families that lost their loved ones, thousands of people forced to leave their homes, soldiers doing the fighting, and children who cannot comprehend the situation? Salomé Jashi answers this question in a way that leaves few apathetic, though the horrors of war are never visible on the screen. Her short film is based on an interesting formula of making the audience witness to a tragedy it never sees.