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by Nana Ekvtimishvili, Simon Groß


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, fourteen-year-old, 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.

international title: In Bloom
original title: Grzeli nateli dgeebi
country: Georgia, Germany, France
sales agent: Memento Films International
year: 2013
genre: fiction
directed by: Nana Ekvtimishvili, Simon Groß
film run: 102'
release date: FR 27/11/2013, NL 19/12/2013
screenplay: Nana Ekvtimishvili
cast: Lika Babluani, Mariam Bokeria
cinematography by: Oleg Mutu
film editing: Stefan Stabenow
costumes designer: Medea Bakradze
producer: Simon Groß, Mark Wächter, Guillaume De Seille, Nana Ekvtimishvili
production: Indiz Film, Arizona Films Productions, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF), Polare Film/Tbilissi
distributor: Arizona Films Distribution, Imagine
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main awards/selection

Berlinale 2013 Forum
Sydney Film Festival 2013 
Sarajevo Film Festival 2013 Best film
Best actresses (Lika Babluani, Mariam Bokeria)
Milano Film Festival 2013 
Vancouver International Film Festival 2013 
Hamptons International Film Festival 2013 
La Roche-sur-Yon International Film Festival 2013 
AFI Fest 2013 

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