IN BLOOM (Grzeli Nateli Dgeebi) – Thursday 23 October, 8pm

By July 27, 2014 archive, Season 11 Films

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 14-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  alcoholic father 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 the future hold sway over everyday life. An admirer gives Natia a pistol with one single bullet.  A little later, she’s abducted by another admirer.

A new generation of filmmakers has emerged in Georgia and is starting out by remembering its own history. – Berlin Film Festival 2013

Director:  Nana Ekvtimishvili, Simon Gross.  Georgia, 2013.  Language: Georgian. 102 minutes.  Cert:  CLUB

Georgia’s reputation as the latest cinematic hotspot for emerging talent is enhanced further by “In Bloom,” an absorbing, intelligently assembled coming-of-ager that revolves around two pubescent gal-pals growing up in 1992, just after independence was restored. – Variety

Starring: Lika Babluani, Mariam Bokeria, Zurab Gogaladze, Data Zakareishvili, Giorgi Aladashvili, Gia Shonia, Ana Nijaradze

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