Section: Spotlight: Georgia



Gigisha Abashidze
Georgia, Macedonia, 2017, 88 Min

The jackpot. Various families are living together in a yard in their dilapidated houses. There isn’t any money to renovate them. One day, an investor suddenly appears. He wants to buy up everything to build an office building there. The neighbours sense the chance of big money, however, everyone has to agree. Can they manage to convince everyone?

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The families have been living together for decades. In the evenings, they meet in the large courtyard, and drink and eat together. The good and the bad are shared here. The children are the best of friends. But the lucrative offer of the investors to buy up the entire property changes the situation. Suddenly, there are disputes about who owns which balcony since the proportional payment depends on the respective area of each house. However, Gia does not want to sell at all. He demands twice as much. The whole deal would then be off. Consequently, he and his family are put under pressure and ostracised.

Holding the camera close to his protagonist, Gigisha Abashidze presents a microcosm of society in transition after decades of stagnation. He shows in exemplary fashion on a small scale how capital can influence people and advance individualization. MM

DCP | Farbe / Colour
Gigisha Abashidze
Dejan Dimeski
Beso Katcharava
Nodar Nozadze
Ketevan Maisuradze
Rezo Kiknadze
Tornike Gogrichiani, Ia Sukhitashvili, George Bochorishvili, Nino Koridze
Lasha Khalvashi
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Small Moves Films
Studio Artizm
Lasha Khalvashi
33 Lado Asatiani
0105 Tbilisi
+995 595 926 206
Gigisha Abashidze

Gigisha Abashidze - graduated in Audio Visual Arts from the Shota Rustaveli University of Theatre and Film in Tbilisi. Since then he has made several short films and worked as a screenwriter. NEIGHBORS is his feature film debut

ROSES (2009, short)
MONDAY (2010, short)
ENTRANCE HALL (2010, short)
NIKA THE „PARROT“ (2011, short)
LESSON (2013, short)

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