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TBILISI 2015

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The 16th Tbilisi International Film Festival kicks off

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- This year’s edition has a special focus on women’s rights and gender democracy, with the WomenEyes section; a total of ten European films will be screened in the International Competition

The 16th Tbilisi International Film Festival kicks off
Motherland by Senem Tüzen

The 16th edition of the Tbilisi International Film Festival kicks off today (30 November) with a rich and diverse programme that will unspool until 6 December. Moira [+see also:
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, the latest feature by local director Levan Tutberidze, has been chosen as the opening film of the gathering (out of competition). This family drama, set on the shores of the Black Sea, was selected as the Georgian representative for the 2016 Academy Awards and will be screened tonight at the Amirani cinema, at a ceremony set to be attended by the Georgian Minister of Culture and Monument Protection, the mayor of Tbilisi and the First Lady, as well as various diplomatic corps and professionals from the international film industry.

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The International Competition of the festival includes a total of ten European titles, such as Koza [+see also:
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by Ivan Ostrochovskỳ (the Slovakian submission for the 2016 Oscars), the Greek-Turkish co-production Motherland [+see also:
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by Senem Tüzen, Pikadero [+see also:
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 by Ben Sharrock, Sworn Virgin [+see also:
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Q&A: Laura Bispuri
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 by Laura Bispuri, The Bunker [+see also:
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 by German director Nikias Chryssos, UK production The Violators [+see also:
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 by Helen Walsh, The Wednesday Child [+see also:
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 by Lili Horváth and Estonian title Zero Point [+see also:
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 by Mihkel Ulk. This main section, made up of first and second features by European filmmakers, is rounded off by the two finalists for the LUX Film Prize: The Lesson [+see also:
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interview: Kristina Grozeva, Petar Val…
interview: Margita Gosheva
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 by Petar Valchanov and Kristina Grozeva, and Mediterranea [+see also:
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 by Jonas Carpignano. The international jury in charge of handing out the Golden Prometheus for Best Film and the Silver Prometheus for Best Director is chaired by Martha Fiennes.

The Georgian Panorama is the competition for local titles, including films like The Summer of Frozen Fountains [+see also:
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by Vano Burduli, Solomon by Zaza Khalvashi and When the Earth Seems to Be Light… by Salome Matchaidze, Tamuna Karumidze and David Meskhi. The festival has held a national contest for the last three years, but this is the first edition to include three different categories and awards: Best Full Feature Film, Best Short Film and Best Documentary.

The Tbilisi Film Festival is fully committed to social and gender issues, and so this year it boasts a special line-up dedicated to women’s rights and the promotion of gender democracy. Its WomenEyes section covers feature-length films and documentaries directed by or focused on women, such as Much Loved [+see also:
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by Nabil Ayouch, As I Open My Eyes [+see also:
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by Leyla Bouzid and Paulina [+see also:
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, a co-production between Argentina, Brazil and France directed by Santiago Mitre. Several works by female directors will also be screened in the other sections of the festival, which this year has chosen the colour violet for its poster – a symbol of the international campaign to condemn violence against women. Besides the screenings, the Georgian gathering is also holding different panels and conferences with women’s rights activists.

Different sections such as the European Forum, Made in Germany and French Collection will present an extraordinary collection of European productions from the last two years. Finally, God of Happiness [+see also:
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, a German-French-Georgian co-production directed by local filmmaker Dito Tsintsadze, will be screened at the closing ceremony (5 December).

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