Saturday, 25 May
Georgia on My Mind: Pirosmani
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
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- 3-5 €