Two extraordinary films about post-Soviet Georgia​

Aug 27, 2020 | Newsletter

“Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be the sons of God”

Matthew 5.9

 
 

After a referendum, Georgia declared independence from the Soviet Union on March 31, 1991. Trouble and chaos ensued almost immediately. The country experienced civil conflicts, secession wars, and economic hardships. Civility among the people was rare. Focusing on this era, brilliant writers and directors  Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Gross produced two extraordinary films. The two films were considered a sign of the rebirth of Georgian film. VARIETY selected Nana and Simon as the Ten Directors to Watch at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival,

Suggestion: Why not binge and watch these two films consecutively. Film critic Matt Fagerholm wrote, “Together they form one of the finest double bills in recent memory.” 

 
 

In Bloom

Eka and Natia are 14-year-olds and best friends growing up in post-Soviet Georgia. Natia, more precocious than Eka, has two boys interested in her, Kote and Lado…

 

My Happy Family​

Manana is a 52-year-old housewife and teacher living in a cramped three-bedroom apartment in Tbilisi, Georgia, with an indifferent husband, her parents, children…

 

Coming Soon, Can’t Wait

Aug 21: HBOMax. Chemical Hearts. Emotional coming-of-age story
Sep 04: Disney+. The Beatles: Get Back. A documentary that chronicles the Beatles recording of their 1970 album, Let It Be.
Sep 25: Netflix. The Trial of the Chicago 7. Aaron Sorkin directing the seven men charged with conspiracy during the anti-Vietnam war protests.
Dec 18: Platform TBD. West Side Story. Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of the Broadway classic. 
Opening TBD, 2021: Netflix. Diana: A Musical
Opening TBD, 2021: Netflix. The Crown. Season 4, late 2020; Season 5, 2021. 
 

News & Commentary

“According to an exclusive new study, anxiety over health and safety in public spaces still greatly outweighs the desire to leave home, and the disparity has only gotten larger as the pandemic has unfolded.” —Adam B. Vary, VARIETY

“Just as the country begins to open up, there has been a swing toward increasing caution, with the majority of Americans clearly saying NOT YET when it comes to attending large public events.” —Jed Pearsall, President, Performance Research.

I think the public will closely watch the school and college openings next month. If the virus appears after these openings, this will further deter people from returning to the cinemas.  

     

    My best,

     
     
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