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26 May 2018: Georgia 100: Film/Fest/Feast

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Tickets: £10 / £8 conc / £6 Close-Up members
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Marking the centenary of the founding of the first Georgian Republic and the centenary of the death of the outsider artist Niko Pirosmani, Life Through Cinema and cARTveli foundation present a programme of young Georgian filmmakers, video-artists and curators reflecting on Georgia’s recent history. Coming from the new and analytical field of visual culture, their evolving practice reflects upon the issues of cultural inheritance within transformative and ever-changing socio-political and cultural landscapes.

This programme includes the video works Architectural Exchange and Pirimze followed by a brief presentation of the Georgian Video Archive and concluding with a Q&A led by Gareth Evans. Refreshments and a screening of Giorgi Shengelaia’s feature film Pirosmani to follow later.


Programme 1: Video Works

Architectural Exchange, Aleksi Soselia & Zura Tsopurashvili, 2016, 10 min, Colour, Digital
Pirimze (პირიმზე), Sophia Tabatadze, 2015, 40 min, Colour, Digital

A programme of young Georgian filmmakers, video-artists and curators reflecting on issues of cultural inheritance within Georgia’s transformative and ever-changing socio-political and cultural landscape. Gareth Evans will be in discussion with Aleksi Soselia and Sophia Tabatadze about notions of independence and national identity, following the screening. read more


Programme 2: Pirosmani

Pirosmani, Giorgi Shengelaia, 1971, 85 min, Colour, Digital

A poetic biography of the great Georgian primitive artist Nikoloz (Niko) Pirosmanishvili, who worked prior to 1920. Giorgi Shengelaia avoids the usual clichés of films about artists' lives, successfully experimenting with colour control techniques based on the painter's style. read more


Supported by Life Through Cinema and cARTveli foundation.

With thanks to Keti Japaridze Lika Tarkhan-Mouravi, Gareth Evans and Daniel Bird.