Former wrestling champion Kakhi (Levan Tediashvili, himself a former Olympic wrestler) always has his family on his conscience, and in Brighton 4th, this leads him on a cross-continental journey. After making arrangements to cover for his brother’s gambling debts, Kakhi departs his humble home in the Republic of Georgia to pay a visit to his son Soso (Giorgi Tabidze) in outer Brooklyn. As Kakhi settles into Soso’s Brighton Beach boarding house—which constitutes a popup community of fellow Georgian immigrants—he learns that Soso has also accrued a $14,000 debt to the local mob boss (Yuriy Zur), a roadblock to Soso’s future in medicine.
- Best International Narrative Feature Film - Tribeca FF
- Best Actor in an International Narrative Feature Film: Levan Tediashvili - Tribeca FF
- Best Screenplay in an International Narrative Feature Film - Tribeca FF
- Boris Frumin
- Phedon Papamichael
- Sasha Frumin
- Davit Kiknadze
- Elene Asatiani
- Levan Tediashvili
- Nadezhda Mikhalkova
- Giorgi Tabidze
- Kakhi Kavsadze
- LOCO FILMS
- KINO IBERICA
- MOSKVICH FILMS
Koguashvili deftly blends tones in his vividly realised snapshots of Georgian manhood.
Tribeca often has a few international gems hiding in its International Narrative Competition, and this immigrant drama stands a good chance of being the one this time.
Near-perfect, semi-comic portrait of the low-rent Georgian enclave in Brighton Beach.
A touching and surprising exploration of masculinity that features a stunning central performance from former Olympic wrestling champion Levan Tediashvili. Koguashvili deserves all the plaudits for this movie.
I strongly believe in faces. If you have the right faces, you have the right movie, more or less. They carry more than just information about the character. You have to adapt your directorial style to them because the face is the truth.
Levan was born in Tbilisi in 1973. He studied film directing at the Russian State University of Cinematography (VGIK) in Moscow. In 2006, he completed the Graduate Film Program at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. In 2007, he began studying film production at the Georgian State University of Theatre and Cinema in Tbilisi. Following STREET DAYS (2010), BLIND DATES (2014) was his second feature-length film, selected at Berlinale and Toronto IFF. His latest feature is BRIGHTON 4TH (2021), selected at Tribeca.