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Getting to Know Otar Iosseliani
2001. 49th Edition
Films
Films
Adieu, plancher des vaches / FAREWELL, HOME SWEET HOME
Otar Iosseliani
 
The 19-year-old eldest son of a rich country-castle dwelling family, spends his days in the city cleaning the windows of a shop and washing dishes in a restaurant, far from the environment in which he was born. His mother, a business woman, works away from home by day and organizes socialite parties at the castle by night. Meanwhile, his father gets drunk and plays with an elec...
The 19-year-old eldest son of a rich country-castle dwelling family, spends his days in the city cleaning the windows of a shop and washing dishes in a restaurant, far from the environment in which he was born. His mother, a business woman, works away from home by day and organizes socialite parties at the castle by night. Meanwhile, his father gets drunk and plays with an electric train.
Akvareli / AKVARELI
Otar Iosseliani
 
The mother of a large and extremely poor family works as a washerwoman, bringing the money home only to have it stolen by her an unregenerate drunk of a husband. Exasperated, the woman sets out after him, tracking him down in a museum hidden among the pictures on display, the guide and the visitors. Once alone, husband and wife realize they are standing in front of a painting o...
The mother of a large and extremely poor family works as a washerwoman, bringing the money home only to have it stolen by her an unregenerate drunk of a husband. Exasperated, the woman sets out after him, tracking him down in a museum hidden among the pictures on display, the guide and the visitors. Once alone, husband and wife realize they are standing in front of a painting of their home.
Aprili / APRIL
Otar Iosseliani
 
A girl and a boy mutually following one other through the streets of Tbilisi constantly run into people carrying furniture. Seeking some kind of intimacy, the couple moves into a flat. The lighting, water and gas come on in the house as a man lists the rules of private life. The apartment is soon packed with furniture.
A girl and a boy mutually following one other through the streets of Tbilisi constantly run into people carrying furniture. Seeking some kind of intimacy, the couple moves into a flat. The lighting, water and gas come on in the house as a man lists the rules of private life. The apartment is soon packed with furniture.
Brigands chapitre VII / BRIGANDS-CHAPTER VII
Otar Iosseliani
 
Vano is the king of a small country. This country is pretty, rich, and therefore highly coveted by the neighbouring nations, so that Vano spends most of his time at war trying to defend himself against enemy assault. Meanwhile Queen Eka is bored, and her chastity belt, although strong and well made, isn't much of an obstacle.
Vano is the king of a small country. This country is pretty, rich, and therefore highly coveted by the neighbouring nations, so that Vano spends most of his time at war trying to defend himself against enemy assault. Meanwhile Queen Eka is bored, and her chastity belt, although strong and well made, isn't much of an obstacle.
Dzveli kartuli simgera / GEORGIAN ANCIENT SONGS
Otar Iosseliani
 
Witness to the ancient culture of Georgian music, obliged to confront the tendencies of contemporary Soviet music, this film constitutes an essential document for the survival of this spiritual patrimony.
Witness to the ancient culture of Georgian music, obliged to confront the tendencies of contemporary Soviet music, this film constitutes an essential document for the survival of this spiritual patrimony.
Et la lumière fut
Otar Iosseliani
 
In an African village deep in the jungle, the beautiful Okonoro, furious with her husband, Soutoura, who does nothing but eat and sleep, decides to leave the family home. The village council meets to try and solve the situation, deciding that Okonoro should become Yéré's wife and her children become Yéré's children. Soutoura is left alone while life in the hamlet follows it...
In an African village deep in the jungle, the beautiful Okonoro, furious with her husband, Soutoura, who does nothing but eat and sleep, decides to leave the family home. The village council meets to try and solve the situation, deciding that Okonoro should become Yéré's wife and her children become Yéré's children. Soutoura is left alone while life in the hamlet follows its course.
Euskadi été 1982
Otar Iosseliani
 
A tour around the northern part of the Basque Country and a portrait of its inhabitants from a point of view far removed from its political problems. Art, traditional fiestas, the presence of religion, its mysterious local language, culture and traditions are all shown in this summer of 1982, a summer like any other.
A tour around the northern part of the Basque Country and a portrait of its inhabitants from a point of view far removed from its political problems. Art, traditional fiestas, the presence of religion, its mysterious local language, culture and traditions are all shown in this summer of 1982, a summer like any other.
Giorgobistve / FALLING LEAVES
Otar Iosseliani
 
Niko and Otar start working in a wine cooperative at the same time. They are nothing like each other: Niko is shy, serious and loyal, while Otar is a chancer whose only aim is to make his way up the ladder as fast as possible. Although it doesn't take Niko long to establish a sincere relationship with the other workers, his honesty soon starts causing problems with Otar and wit...
Niko and Otar start working in a wine cooperative at the same time. They are nothing like each other: Niko is shy, serious and loyal, while Otar is a chancer whose only aim is to make his way up the ladder as fast as possible. Although it doesn't take Niko long to establish a sincere relationship with the other workers, his honesty soon starts causing problems with Otar and with the company heads.
Ikho shashvi mgalobeli / LIVED ONCE A SONG-THRUSH
Otar Iosseliani
 
Young Ghia plays the small drums with the Tbilisi Opera-House orchestra. Disorganized, chaotic and well-known for never arriving on time, he nevertheless gives a great evening performance. But at the end of the show it's all reproaches for his constant unpunctuality. Indifferent, he arranges to meet a dancer but forgets to go and leaves with one of his friends.
Young Ghia plays the small drums with the Tbilisi Opera-House orchestra. Disorganized, chaotic and well-known for never arriving on time, he nevertheless gives a great evening performance. But at the end of the show it's all reproaches for his constant unpunctuality. Indifferent, he arranges to meet a dancer but forgets to go and leaves with one of his friends.
La chasse aux papillons / THE BUTTERFLY HUNT
Otar Iosseliani
 
Two ladies, very old, but not lacking in spirit, live in a very old castle which, although run-down, is packed to the hilt with furniture and precious objects. Listening to the radio all day long, they hear the echo of a strange and disturbing period, plagued with wars, catastrophes, chaos, ideological clashes, fanatism, violence and terrorism.
Two ladies, very old, but not lacking in spirit, live in a very old castle which, although run-down, is packed to the hilt with furniture and precious objects. Listening to the radio all day long, they hear the echo of a strange and disturbing period, plagued with wars, catastrophes, chaos, ideological clashes, fanatism, violence and terrorism.
Les favoris de la lune / FAVOURITES OF THE MOON
Otar Iosseliani
 
In a late 18th-century ceramics workshop the workers make and decorate porcelain dishes. In his studio, an artist composes a painting representing a woman lying down. At an auction, Madam Laplace buys a set of dishes, while inspector Duphour-Paquet goes for the picture. Arms dealer Laplace closes a big deal. Paris takes charge of bringing all sorts of inhabitants and objects in...
In a late 18th-century ceramics workshop the workers make and decorate porcelain dishes. In his studio, an artist composes a painting representing a woman lying down. At an auction, Madam Laplace buys a set of dishes, while inspector Duphour-Paquet goes for the picture. Arms dealer Laplace closes a big deal. Paris takes charge of bringing all sorts of inhabitants and objects into contact with one another.
Lundi matin [Making of]
Otar Iosseliani
 
The action of Lundi matin, still at the post-production stage, takes place in a down-at-heel community somewhere around 60 km from the big city. Vincent, who lives with his wife, his two kids and his aging mother, works in a factory in the city suburbs. To get to work on time each morning, he has to get up at 5 o'clock, drive to the station, catch the train and then a bus. An h...
The action of Lundi matin, still at the post-production stage, takes place in a down-at-heel community somewhere around 60 km from the big city. Vincent, who lives with his wife, his two kids and his aging mother, works in a factory in the city suburbs. To get to work on time each morning, he has to get up at 5 o'clock, drive to the station, catch the train and then a bus. An hour-and-a-half journey morning and evening. He hates his job and hates going back to his dump of a town every night. The making of of Lund matin was filmed by Otar Iosseliani's grandson, Nico Tarielashvili.
Pastorali / PASTORALE
Otar Iosseliani
 
A group of musicians heads for the countryside in search of peace and quiet in which to recover the love of music and practice undisturbed with their instruments far from the hustle and bustle of the city. Their settling in a peasant community disturbs everyday local life. Rural and urban worlds meet in this story told to the sound of music.
A group of musicians heads for the countryside in search of peace and quiet in which to recover the love of music and practice undisturbed with their instruments far from the hustle and bustle of the city. Their settling in a peasant community disturbs everyday local life. Rural and urban worlds meet in this story told to the sound of music.
Sapovnela / SAPOVNELA
Otar Iosseliani
 
An old landscape gardener is making floral wreaths in his garden when the bulldozers appear, burying the grass and flowers beneath a layer of tarmac and making what was once a pretty plot into a thoroughfare with cars driving along it. Any signs of grass and flowers have been obliterated. But cracks soon start appearing on the road surface.
An old landscape gardener is making floral wreaths in his garden when the bulldozers appear, burying the grass and flowers beneath a layer of tarmac and making what was once a pretty plot into a thoroughfare with cars driving along it. Any signs of grass and flowers have been obliterated. But cracks soon start appearing on the road surface.
Sept pièces pour cinéma noir et blanc / Lettre d'un cinéaste
Otar Iosseliani
 
Paris through Iosseliani's eyes. A personal wander through the streets of the French capital with a Georgian moviemaker in an attempt to get the feel of the place. People stroll around and sit in cafés. Cars are driven nonstop to the rhythm marked by the traffic lights. The noises of the big city, some more pleasant than others, innundate the Parisian soundtrack.
Paris through Iosseliani's eyes. A personal wander through the streets of the French capital with a Georgian moviemaker in an attempt to get the feel of the place. People stroll around and sit in cafés. Cars are driven nonstop to the rhythm marked by the traffic lights. The noises of the big city, some more pleasant than others, innundate the Parisian soundtrack.
Seule, Géorgie
Otar Iosseliani
 
Three-part documentary about Georgia. An enormous amount of material illustrates the history, the culture, the musical tradition, the pictorial art, the architecture, the political events and the social reality of this country. A trip to Georgia in the company of its most famous director.
Three-part documentary about Georgia. An enormous amount of material illustrates the history, the culture, the musical tradition, the pictorial art, the architecture, the political events and the social reality of this country. A trip to Georgia in the company of its most famous director.
Tudji / TUDJI
Otar Iosseliani
 
Life goes by in a steel foundry in the Georgian city of Rustavi where the workers are hard at it all day long. While resting, they cook on one of the still hot sheets of iron, ignoring the work heroes designated by the regime to serve as their role models.
Life goes by in a steel foundry in the Georgian city of Rustavi where the workers are hard at it all day long. While resting, they cook on one of the still hot sheets of iron, ignoring the work heroes designated by the regime to serve as their role models.
Un petit monastère en Toscane
Otar Iosseliani
 
Five young French monks go about their spiritual lives in a monastery not far from Montalcino. The ritualism surrounding activities in the priory blends in perfectly with the total harmony of the Tuscan countryside. Hunting, popular singing and the everyday life of the local peasants and middle-classes coexist with the monks' activities.
Five young French monks go about their spiritual lives in a monastery not far from Montalcino. The ritualism surrounding activities in the priory blends in perfectly with the total harmony of the Tuscan countryside. Hunting, popular singing and the everyday life of the local peasants and middle-classes coexist with the monks' activities.
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