Simindis kundzuli

Corn Island

The Enguri River forms the border between Georgia and the breakaway Republic of Abkhazia. Tensions between the two nations have not abated since the war of 1992-93. Every spring the river brings fertile soil from the Caucasus down to the plains of Abkhazia and northwestern Georgia, creating tiny islands: small clusters of no man’s land. Our story begins when an old Abkhaz farmer sets foot on one of the islands. The old man builds a hut for him and his teenage granddaughter, he ploughs the earth, and together they sow corn. When the corn has shot up, the girl finds a wounded Georgian soldier hiding among the stalks. With him, the struggle of man is brought upon the corn island.

Director's Biography
George Ovashvili was born in Georgia in 1963. He graduated from the film department at the Georgian State Institute of Cinema and Theater and attended the The New York Film Academy at the Universal Studios in Hollywood. His feature debut THE OTHER BANK was screened at more than 80 international film festivals in more than 50 countries. It won him more than 50 international awards. CORN ISLAND is his second feature film and was shortlisted for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. // Films (selection): GAGMA NAPIRI (The Other Bank, 2009), SIMINDIS KUNDZULI (Corn Island, 2014)
European Panorama 2015
George Ovashvili
Georgia / Germany / France / Czech Republic / Kazakhstan / Hungary 2014
100 minutes
OV with English subtitles
Screenplay Nugzar Shataidze, George Ovashvili, Roelof Jan Minneboo
Cinematography Elemér Ragályi
Editing Sun-Min Kim
Sound/Sounddesign Frédéric Théry
Music Josef Bardanashvili
With Ilyas Salman, Mariam Buturishvili, Irakli Samushia, Tamer Levent
Producer(s) Nino Devdariani (Alamdary Film), Eike Goreczka (42film), Guillaume de Seille (Arizona Productions), Karla Stojáková (Axman Production), Sain Gabdullin (Kazakhfilm) Koproduzentin / Co-Producer Gabor Ferenczy
Alamdary LLC 2a Didgori street 0116 Tbilisi Georgia Koproduktion / Co-Production 42film (DE), Arizona Productions (FR), Axman Production (CZ), Kazakhfilm (KZ)