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Blue Mountains or An Unbelievable Story
Tsisperi mtebi anu daujerebeli ambavi 


Directed by Eldar Shengelaia

Written by Rezo Cheishvili

Ramaz Giorgobiani, Vasil Kakhniashvili, Teimuraz Chirgadze

97 mins

1983

USSR



An inspired satire by one of Georgia’s leading directors, Eldar Shengelaia’s Blue Mountains is a charming and disarming critique of bureaucracy. In a publishing house in Tbilisi, a writer and his manuscript submission are all but ignored as the employees, a colorful cast of characters, carry on with their private affairs and outside interests, oblivious to his needs. This deftly orchestrated study of an office environment is part Jacques Tati, part Ermanno Olmi, capturing nuanced situations with an eye for humor and timing.

 

The film was first shown in the Directors' Fortnight at the 1985 Cannes Film festival, but the director was prohibited from attending by Soviet authorities. It was again selected for screening as part of the Cannes Classics section at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival with Shengalaia present.

Eldar Shengelaia, born in Tbilisi 1933, belongs to one of the great filmmaking dynasties of Georgia. His father was the film director Nikoloz Shengelaia and mother the actress nato Vachnadze. His brother is the filmmaker Giorgi Shengelaia (who was married to Sofiko Chiaureli). His granddaughter Natalia Jugheli is an actress and also in Eldar’s latest film The Chair (2017). His films are classics of Georgian cinema, and he has been awarded the titles of the People's Artist of Georgia (1979) and of the Soviet Union (1988). He has been active in politics since 1980 and was elected to the Georgian SSR Supreme Soviet. He continued to be politically active during the break up of the Soviet Union and through the early years of Georgian independence. In 2003 he supported the Rose Revolution and was elected to the Parliament of Georgia in 2004, retiring from active politics that year. In 2009 he was awarded the St. George’s Order of Victory, for “participating in the investigation of and having shown to the world the truth” about the April 9th 1989 'Soviet massacre' events in Tbilisi.

Filmography

Dog Rose 1996

Express - Information 1993

Blue mountains, or Unbelievable Story 1983

Samanishvili’s dedinatsvali 1977

The eccentrics 1973

An Unusual Exhibition 1968

Miqela 1965

Tetri karavani 1963

Snezhnaya skazka 1959

Legenda o ledyanom serdtse 1957