Films

What do we see when we look at the sky?

რას ვხედავთ, როდესაც ცას ვუყურებთ?
150′ 2021

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: Sakdoc Film Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg New Matter Films Alexandre Koberidze

Financial Support: Gefördert durch
Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg
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.

TAMING THE GARDEN

მოთვინიერება
91′ 2021

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 aleksandar@syndicado.com

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

The Dazzling light of the sunset

დაისის მიზიდულობა
74′ 2016

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.

Double Aliens

ორმაგი უცხოები
56′, 2015

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.

Ogasavara

ოგასავარა
8′ 2015

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.

Bakhmaro

ბახმარო
58′ 2011

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.

Speechless

დადუმებულები
12′ 2008

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.