“There are three types of judgment: scientific, religious, and poetic. Myths, in my view, cover all three aspects of judgment. Therefore, the model of mythological judgment is a universal form of knowledge of the world” – this quote is read by one of the characters in the film “Namme” (2017) and makes the peculiarity of the film's artistic language fully understandable. Director Zaza Khalvashi combines all three types of knowledge of the world in his work. Religion is introduced in the category of faith, science – in the form of ecology, and poetry – is the story itself and the visual-physical solution of the film.
A future film directors’ workshop led by Merab Kokochashvili brought together young people with interesting potential, in whose works we can read the attempt to see the spark, aesthetics, beauty, and even value in everyday, seemingly banal stories and spaces, which will make us think about the events around us and show us their meaning. It might as well give us a small piece of life advice. Ilia Asitashvili's film "Preparation" offers just that – a delicate, aesthetic, somewhat humorous, and familiar observation of the problematic relationship between a father and his teenage son in a modern family.
30 years have passed since the fall of Sokhumi. It is not a short period of time. It might be such for history, but not for life or for art. The wound is still open, and the pain is still alive. This topic has not been closed in the films either. Every now and then, there are films. Some with good, some with less good messages: "This land is ours," "We are in pain," "We were treated unfairly," "We will be back," "We were opposed by the third force," "We are brothers", and "We must stay brothers."
A few years ago, a new voice was suddenly heard in a new Georgian film. A new person appeared: Alexandre Koberidze, who, with his second full-length film, "What Do We See When We Look at the Sky?" (with his own script, a co-production of Sakdoc Film, Georgia, and DFFB, Germany, financed by the National Film Center and other organizations), captured the attention of the entire film world. The young director made the film (in contrast to "Let the Summer Never Come Again," which was shot on a phone in 2017) with a professional camera, together with professional Iranian cameraman Faraz Fesharaki, professional German gaffer Moritz Friese, professional composer Giorgi Koberidze, and professional and non-professional actors.