At the Berlin International Film Festival, within the framework of the European Film Market, the National Film Center will present the Georgian pavilion for the 17th time this year, where the team of the National Film Center, under the leadership of the director of the film center Gaga Chkheidze, will represent the local film industry.
Due to the pandemic, the 72nd Berlin International Film Festival will be held in a hybrid format. The European Film Market will be held on February 10-17, and all traditional sections of the festival, including the international competition, panorama, forum and retrospective films, will be screened in Berlin cinemas on February 10-20.
The National Film Center will present four Georgian full-length feature films at the European Film Market:
“Samurai Resting Time” – Director Levan Tutberidze (Georgia) February 13, 12:40, Virtual Cinema 3;
“Beautiful Helen” – Director Giorgi Ovashvili (Georgia, France, Turkey) February 14, 15:00, Virtual Cinema 23;
“Lotto – a parable at the seaside city” – directed by Zaza Khalvashi (Georgia, Lithuania) February 15, 12:40, Virtual Cinema 6;
“Otar’s Death” – Director Ioseb (Soso) Bliadze (Georgia, Germany, Lithuania) February 11, 11:15, Virtual Cinema 17;
In addition to film screenings, the Georgian Virtual Pavilion will host online meetings with sales agents, distributors and representatives of Cannes, Montpellier, Karlovy Vary, Cottbus and other international film festivals.
The online meetings with the representatives of the Film Center will be attended by 10 Georgian producers who were selected via a competition to participate in the Berlin Film Festival: Keti Kalandarishvili, Keti Danelia, Rati Oneli, Tiko Nadirashvili, Tekla Machavariani, Vladimir Kacharava, Elia Datanargashvili and others.
This year, at the section of the Berlin Film Festival called “Books at the Berlinale”, created for the future screening of various literary works, a new novel by the famous Georgian writer Nino Kharatishvili – “The Lack of Light” will be presented.