Grzeli nateli dgeebi
Director: Nana Ekvtimishvili & Simon Gross
Cast: Lika Babluani, Mariam Bokeria
Duration: 102 mins
Country of Origin: Georgia
“Absorbing and intelligently assembled, IN BLOOM smoothly weaves its numerous plotlines together to suggest the intricate fabric of these people’s intertwined lives. It works as an intimate drama about two very young woman destined by differences of class and character for very different fates, and also as a portrait of a fascinating period in the country’s social history.”
Leslie Felperin, VARIETY
“Excellent. A perceptive, generous study of friendship.”
Guy Lodge, THE OBSERVER
“Very assured. Unpredictable, never forced, and forever compelling..”
Mike McCahill, THE GUARDIAN
WINNER – 2013 SARAJEVO FILM FESIVAL – Best Film
WINNER – 2013 MILANO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL – Audience Award & Student Jury Prize
WINNER – 2013 DUHOK FILM FESTIVAL – World Cinema Competition
WINNER – 2013 ALMATY EURASIA FILM FESIVAL – Grand Prix
WINNER – 2013 HONG KONG FILM FESTIVAL – Young Cinema Competition & FIPRESCI Prize
OFFICIAL SUBMISSION (GEORGIA) – 2014 ACADEMY AWARDS
Celebrated as a major discovery of the 2013 Berlinale, Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Gross’ drama IN BLOOM is a powerful story of two young girls navigating the oppressive familial and societal expectations of post-Soviet Georgia.
Tbilisi, 1992: the newly independent state must fend for itself, even as civil war rages in the provinces. For 14 year-old best friends Eka (Lika Babluani) and Natia (Mariam Bokeria), their childhood in the run-down but still beautiful city has come to an abrupt halt, as insecurity and fear of what the future might bring hold sway in everyday life.
The introverted Eka lives in a book-filled apartment with her dismissive, boy-crazy elder sister and her preoccupied single-parent mother; precocious Natia lives in the chaotic atmosphere of a cramped apartment with her extended working-class family, dominated by her alcoholic father. But like most schoolgirls, Eka and Natia are far more concerned with life outside – classroom gossip, music, and exercising their budding sexual power over the local boys.
Indeed as the class beauty, Natia has already attracted not only the attention of handsome Lado but also local thug Kote, who is not going to tolerate rivals without a fight. So it is the gift by Lado to Natia of a pistol, something to ‘protect herself with’, that fractures the lives of both girls and tests their relationship, as each responds to pressures beyond their control in very different and life-changing ways.
Loosely based on debut writer & co-director Nana Ekvtimishvili’s childhood memories, IN BLOOM has the rich texture of authentic lived experience. Anchored by radiant performances and beautiful cinematography by the renowned Oleg Mutu (4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days and Beyond The Hills), this gripping and profoundly moving film was recently awarded both the Best Film and FIPRESCI prizes of the 2013 Hong Kong International Film Festival, and marks the two directors as among the most exciting new talents in world cinema.
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