House of Others is the Georgian candidate for the Oscar for Best Foreign-language Film
by Francesca Marilungo
- Following its victory at Karlovy Vary, the stunning feature debut by Rusudan Glurjidze has also managed to convince the jury at the Georgian National Film Center
Of the four movies that had been hoping to represent Georgia at the upcoming Academy Awards, in the Best Foreign-language Film category, House of Others [+see also:
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The film follows the lives of two families who have survived a brief but brutal war in the Georgian region of Abkhazia in the 1990s. Despite belonging to the winning side, and therefore enjoying the right to occupy the houses abandoned and left empty by the losers, the protagonists of this cryptic and disturbing work seem to have been robbed of both their own lives and their new houses, inhabited by the ghosts of their former occupants.
Following her victory in the East of the West competition of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, the young Georgian director has thus reached another important milestone with the film. The movie is a co-production between Georgian outfits Cinetech Film Production and SARKE Group, Russia’s Liga Production, Spain’s Kinoscopik, and Croatia’s Embrio. Tato Films will be in charge of its international sales.
(Translated from Italian)