Archive of films Citizen Saint / Mokalake Tsmindani

Georgia / France / Bulgaria
2023, 100 min

Section: Crystal Globe Competition
Year: 2023


On the main square of a mining town stands a cross depicting a saint, regarded by the local miners as their protector. One day, the cross is taken down for repair and the statue of the saint suddenly vanishes. When a mysterious stranger subsequently appears among them, the residents put two and two together… In her third feature, a satirical parable about a saint who descends the cross to live among mortals, Tinatin Kajrishvili wonders what it is exactly that people want to believe in. Do saints have greater significance as inanimate symbols, or do they have the right to exist as living human beings? The carefully composed black-and-white images from experienced cameraman Krum Rodriguez underscore the oppression of life in the mining town and also the absurdity of the emerging situation.

Lenka Tyrpáková

About the director

Tinatin Kajrishvili

Tinatin Kajrishvili (1978, Georgia). Selected filmography: Brides (Patardzlebi, 2014), Horizon (Horizonti, 2018), Citizen Saint (Mokalake Tsmindani, 2023).


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About the film

Black & white, DCP
World premiere

Section: Crystal Globe Competition
Director: Tinatin Kajrishvili
Screenplay: Tinatin Kajrishvili, Basa Janikashvili
Dir. of Photography: Krum Rodriguez
Music: Tako Zhordania
Sound: Emanuel Soland
Editor: David Apkhaidze
Art Director: George Gordzamashvili
Producer: Lasha Khalvashi, Tinatin Kajrishvili
Production: Artizm, Gemini
Coproduction: Mandra Films, Chouchkov Brothers
Cast: Levan Berikashvili, George Babluani, Mari Kitia, Gia Burjanadze
Contact: Studio Artizm


Tinatin Kajrishvili

Film Director

George Babluani


Lasha Khalvashi


Basa Janikashvili


Mari Bolqvadze

Film Crew


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