With its fifth edition the organisers of this still very young Tbilisi Georgian festival, director Archil Khetagouri and coordinator Ileana Stanculescu, took the decision to move the event from October to May 11-16. Argumentation: Too much happens in October. And my additional argument: Weather must be better in May. I am happy to be able to check that out myself, as the two mentioned have invited me back to a city and a festival I like very much. Regarding the weather: Outdoor screenings are planned.
About the program – there is an international competition, a focus Caucasus, a CivilDOC section, including a pitching session for NGO’s matched with filmmakers, and a CinéDOC Young competition.
There are so many good film titles to be mentioned, let me drop
some names from the international competition: ”A Marriage Story” by Helena Trestikova, ”Normal Autistic Film” by Miroslav Janek, ”You have No Idea How Much I love You” by Pawel Lozinski, ”Woman and the Glacier” by Audrius Stonys and ”Hello I am David” by Cosima Lange. And in the Caucasus section ”Didube, the Last Stop” by Shorena Tevzadze, reviewed on this site a couple of days ago.
Lithuania is the guest country, which means that films by Giedre B(einoriute) and Giedre Z(ickyte) will be played and there will be a longer Q&A with Audrius Stonys, that I have been asked to moderate, with pleasure! And the ”filmmaker in Focus” is Finnish Pirjo Honkasalo with three of her films to be shown, ”A Diary of an Urben Priest” (2009), ”Tanjuska and the Seven Devils” (1993) and ”Three Rooms of Melancholia” (2004). A masterclass will be organised with the master!
A section is called ”Erotic Dox”, where the fine ”Venus” (photo) by Lea Glob and Mette Carla Albrechtsen is to be found. The film goes around the world and happy to say, from a Danish perspective, runs in Danish cinemas with success.