There have been plenty of broken hearts in the history of cinema, but rarely have they been portrayed with the same crushing intensity as in Tinatin Kajrishvili's new divorce drama. Giorgi finds it heard to find his feet in Tbilisi after breaking with his wife Ana, who has long since moved on in life. So he isolates himself in a weather-beaten town near the Georgian Black Sea coast, stubbornly convinced that Ana will one day reach out to him. But as the weeks pass among the village's lonely souls, hope starts to fade, and Giorgi sinks further into despondent resignation. Without resorting to redemptive twists or sentimental clichés, Kajrishvili paints a gripping portrait of a man who is silently disintegrating. A discreet yet heartbreaking film about grief and self-destruction - told in beautiful, icy-clear images.
There are many films going round that deal with the woman's role in the family and in society - and then there is 'Scary Mother'. 50+-year-old Manana has over the past few years barricaded herself behind a closed door, where her debut novel has come into being. She is one big excuse for her dedication to writing, which her bragging husband shrugs off as a whim. But Manana means it, and the day comes when she reads out loud to the whole family at the dining table. And then all hell breaks loose, as the little lady has written what mostly looks like a personal manifesto of a housewife's prison: the home, marriage and the forever needy children. The Georgian director Ana Urushadze's debut is far from social-realistic - set in a retro-futuristic concrete block, it is a deeply entertaining and surreal satire of life as a mother, human being and artist.
Georgian Day is presented in collaboration with The Georgian Embassy.