Archive of films The Other Bank / Gagma napiri

Georgia / Kazakhstan
2008, 90 min

Section: East of the West - Competition
Year: 2009

Twelve-year-old refugee Tedo, scraping a living with his mother on the outskirts of the Georgian capital Tbilisi, returns after seven years to his native Abkhazia to find his father, whom illness prevented from fleeing the conflict with his family. The Other Bank is a universal story which speaks of the consequences of war, of nationalism and of children who were forced by circumstances to grow up before their time.


Synopsis

Little Tedo and his mother were forced to flee their native Abkhazia during the Georgian-Abkhazian conflict. His father was seriously ill and had to stay behind in Abkhazia. Several years later, 12-year-old Tedo is trying to scrape a living with his mother on the outskirts of the Georgian capital Tbilisi. Tedo helps out in a car repair shop, while his mother works as a shop assistant. Tedo finds it hard to come to terms with his difficult situation and with his life as a refugee. When he comes across his mother with a lover one day, he decides to go back to Abkhazia to seek out his father, whom he has not heard from since he arrived in Georgia. During his wretched journey to "the other bank”, Tedo faces vulnerability and encounters hostility, but he also finds compassion. The Other Bank is a universal story which speaks of the consequences of war, of nationalism and of children who were forced by circumstances to grow up before their time.

About the director

George Ovashvili (b. 1963, Mtskheta, Georgia) attended the Polytechnic Institute (1981-1986) and subsequently graduated from the Georgian State Institute of Cinema and Theatre in 1996. He worked as a stage actor and director and has made several internationally successful short films, such as Eye Level (Zgvis donidan, 2005), which won an award in the Panorama section at the Berlinale in 2005. His feature debut The Other Bank was premiered in the section Generation Kplus at this year’s Berlinale.

Contacts

George Ovashvili
51/53 gorgasali str. apart. 19, 0114, Tbilisi
Georgia
Tel: +995 591 010911
E-mail: cornfilm@gmail.com, thunder_finder@yahoo.com

Arizona Productions
5, Boulevard Barbès, 75018, Paris
France
Tel: +33 954 525 572
E-mail: guillaume@arizonafilms.net
www: www.arizonafilms.net

About the film

Color, 35 mm

Section: East of the West - Competition
   
Director: George Ovashvili
Screenplay: Nugzar Shataidze
Dir. of Photography: Amir Assadi
Music: Josef Bardanashvili
Editor: Sun-Min Kim
Producer: George Ovashvili, Sain Gabdullin
Production: George Ovashvili production
Cast: Tedo Bekhauri, Galoba Gambaria, Nika Alajajev, Tamara Meskhi, Archil Tabukashvili, Temo Goginava, Jano Izoria, Lia Abuladze
Contact: George Ovashvili, Arizona Productions

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