A young filmmaker named Dato has no money to make a movie, so he hangs out drinking and brooding all day while his wife teaches music at a conservatory. He is also writing a screenplay. Excerpts from his script, shot in black-and-white, are cut into his story, each dramatizing the lives of people struggling to live in Tbilisi today. In the outdoor market for instance, Dato notices his old screenwriting teacher, an educated older man who is now reduced to selling margarine in a stand. As he ironically comments, professors are selling margarine while salesmen have become ministers. Everything is for sale, and culture has no value at all. – All the stories are skillfully interwoven so that, in the end, they become one long narrative about contemporary life in Georgia. (Deborah Young)

Competition Fiction 2006
Levan Zakareishvili
Georgia 2005
color & black and white
87 minutes
OV with English subtitles
Screenplay Levan Zakareishvili
Cinematography Archil Akhvlediani
Editing Merab Akhvlediani, Tengiz
Music Niaz Diasamidze
With Eka Nijaradze, George Masxarashvili, Baadur Tsuladze, Berta Xafava, Shota Kristesashvili, Rusiko Kobiashvili
Georgian National Film Center 4, Right Bank Tbilisi 0105 Georgien T +995 32 9896 12 F +995 32 9842 01 kinocentre@myoffice.ge