Archive of films Smiling Georgia / Gimiliani Sakartvelo

Georgia / Germany
2023, 62 min

Section: Special Screenings
Year: 2023


During its 2012 election campaign titled “Smiling Georgia,” the governing party promised its country’s poorest residents new teeth in exchange for their vote. Dentists began to pull people’s decayed teeth, but after the election defeat, the trusting public never received their new pearly whites… In his bitterly humorous documentary, Luka Beradze takes us to a sleepy Georgian village, introduces us to its inhabitants, and shows that it rarely pays to believe the promises of populist politicians and to vote for purely selfish reasons. In the broader context, the film asks questions regarding the value of ordinary people in the eyes of political leaders.

Lenka Tyrpáková

About the director

Luka Beradze

Luka Beradze (Tbilisi, Georgia). Selected filmography: Sorry for Being Late (Bodishi dagvianebistvis, 2020, short), Smiling Georgia (Gimiliani Sakartvelo, 2023, doc.).


1991 Productions
40 Paliashvili st, , Tbilisi
Tel: +995 599 442 211
E-mail: [email protected]

About the film

Color, DCP
World premiere

Section: Special Screenings
Director: Luka Beradze
Screenplay: Luka Beradze
Dir. of Photography: Lomero Akhvlediani
Music: Alex Kordzaia
Sound: Jascha Viehl
Editor: Nodar Nozadze, Joseph Bliadze, Luka Beradze
Producer: Nino Chichua, Anna Khazaradze
Production: 1991 Productions
Coproduction: Color of May, Enkeny Films
Cast: Nana Papidze, Lamara Samkharadze, Nodar Labadze, Bezhan Labadze
Contact: 1991 Productions


Luka Beradze

Film Director

Nino Chichua


Eva Blondiau


Anna Khazaradze


Lomer Akhvlediani

Director of Photography


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