Archive of films Father / Mama

2015, 25 min

Section: Future Frames: Ten New Filmmakers To Follow
Year: 2016

The father of 19-year-old Lado and his younger brother has been gone a very long time. A brief meeting brings no catharsis, merely opening old wounds and setting in motion a chain of events that pushes Lado back into the ways of crime. Father is a movie about the ability to grow up during a single, seemingly short night.


For Lado and his younger brother, an unexpected visit from their father leads them to ask the burning question: “Where has he been so long?” But no answer is forthcoming, and instead of an apology he gives them a gift they might appreciate if they were still kids. In returning to their criminal ways, the brothers try to wash away the bad taste left by the embarrassing encounter, but later events convince them that feeling nothing is no help at all. In the eyes of the director his characters are not delinquents but wounded children who are able to grow up through their proximity to tragedy.

Anna Purkrábková

About the director

Davit Pirtskhalava (b. 1987, Tbilisi) took a master’s from the screenwriting school of Tbilisi’s Shota Rustaveli Theater and Film Georgia State University in 2011. At present he is studying the playwright’s craft, and he has already written short and feature film scripts. His directorial debut Father took the Golden Leopard for Best International Short Film at Locarno and was included in the program of numerous other fests.


Davit Pirtskhalava


Georgian National Film Center
4, Z. Gamsakhurdia Sanapiro Str., 0105, Tbilisi
Tel: +995 322 999 200
Fax: +995 322 999 200

About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Future Frames: Ten New Filmmakers To Follow
Director: Davit Pirtskhalava
Screenplay: Davit Pirtskhalava
Dir. of Photography: Shalva Sokurashvili
Editor: Nodar Nozadze
Art Director: Guram Navrozashvili
Producer: Suliko Tsulukidze
Production: Milimeter Film
Cast: Sandro Kalandadze, Mamuka Kiladze, Vakho Chachanidze, Mariam Maglaperidze, Zviad Pirtskhalava
Contact: Davit Pirtskhalava, Georgian National Film Center


Mariam Kakabadze



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