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In Bloom

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In Bloom (Grzeli nateli dgeebi)

Directed by Nana Ekvtimishvili, Simon Groß

  • Georgia, Germany, France 2013; 102 min
  • Original version: Georgian
  • Genre: Drama
    • Forum CICAE Prize - Berlinale IFF
    • Student's Jury Award- Milano FF
    • Audience Award- Feature Film- Milano FF
    • Special Jury Award - Sarajevo FF
    • Best Actress Award - Sarajevo IFF
    • Grand Prix - Sarajevo FF
    • Best Acting - Odessa IFF
    • Best Film - goEast Festival
    • Firebird Award - Hong Kong IFF
    • FIPRESCI Prize - Hong Kong IFF
    • Special Jury Award- Festival du Nouveau Cinéma Montréal
    • Grand Prize - TOKYO FILMeX

    Georgian submission for the Academy Awards

  • From the director of MY HAPPY FAMILY presented at CineLink
    From the director of MY HAPPY FAMILY presented at Asian Project Market
    From the director of MY HAPPY FAMILY presented at Berlinale Co-Production Market


Tbilisi, Georgia, 1992: The Soviet era is over and Georgia must fend for itself. Civil war is raging in the province of Abkhazia. For Natia and Eka, the barely fourteen-year-old protagonists of IN BLOOM, childhood is coming to an end. Eka is growing up without her father, rebelling against her concerned mother and her older sister. And Natia’s father, a choleric alcoholic, terrorises the entire family. The two friends cannot find peace outside of the family either – not in school, not on the street, and not in the bread lines. Chaos, insecurity, and fear of what the future might bring hold sway in everyday life. An admirer gives Natia a pistol with one single bullet. A little later, she’s abducted by another admirer. This first feature film by Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Groß takes up the buried traditions of Georgian cinema, weaving together loud and soft, melancholy and missing love, eruptions of violence and a sense of the idyllic, precocious cold-bloodedness and childlike naïveté into a wonderfully rhythmic, exciting cinematic composition. A new generation of filmmakers has emerged in Georgia and is starting out by remembering its own history.










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