Georgia on My Mind: Pirosmani

Saturday, 25 May

Georgia on My Mind: Pirosmani

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Georgian cinema has a long history, reaching through the country’s turbulent past to the birth of the medium. Admired by classical filmmakers across the world for its unique cinematography, Georgia fashioned a rich cinema tradition with a treasure trove of classics that are often overlooked by international audiences. In honor of Georgian Independence Day (the 26th of May) we present Georgia on My Mind, a weekend-long program, showcasing a trio of rarely-screened films.

Niko Pirosmani (Avto Varazi) is a self-taught painter who sells his works to taverns to pay for food and drink in late 19th century Tbilissi. Now regarded as an extraordinary figure in the naïve art movement, Pirosmani lived in poverty and obscurity, refusing to sell out or compromise his artistic freedom. Inspired by his subject's aesthetic sensibilities, writer-director Giorgi Shengelaia crafts a beautiful biopic, rich in color and style. Refusing to follow a clear biographical structure, the film instead focuses on how Pirosmani’s experience of the world around him served as an inspiration to his art. Avoiding moral judgement, Pirosmani is a quiet celebration of an extraordinary and fierce artistic soul, trapped by his circumstances, but liberated by his creativity. 

Directed by Giorgi Shengelaia, 1969, Georgia, 81 minutes, In Georgian w/ English subtitles. 

Bar opens @ 19:00
€5 entry

Date & Time: 

Saturday, 25 May, 2019 - 19:30


  • bar/cafe
  • film


  • 3-5 €
- €5


Cinema of the Dam'd at OT301
Overtoom 301
2nd Floor
1054HW Amsterdam


Inside the OT301 arts building, on the 2nd floor. Directly across from the Jan Pieter Heijestraat stop for tram #1.


Former squat, now legalised

Cinema of the Dam’d is a bar, cinema & gathering place, located on the 2nd floor of the OT301 arts collective which is the site of the former film academy.


  • bar/cafe / film

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