Rati Oneli

Mzis qalaqi

Zurab Gelashvili, Archil Khvedelidze, Mariam and Irina Pkhaladze


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Rati Oneli was born in 1977 in Tbilisi, Georgia. He lived in New York from 1999 to 2014 when he moved to Georgia in order to make his first feature-length documentary City Of The Sun.

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Up to 50 percent of the world’s manganese, a vital metal across the globe, used to be mined in Chiatura, in western Georgia. Today, it resembles an apocalyptic ghost town. Several improbable but true stories intersect in the film. Athlete sisters run methodically, like robots and it is the only thing they can do to survive. It also seems, however, that if they stop running, a spell would be broken, a catastrophe would strike and the entire city would come to a grinding halt. Zurab keeps destroying the city to build a new life for himself and his family, and Archil moves in a limbo unable to make a decision between his passion (theater) and money (working at the mines).


Best documentary film award, Batumi International Arthouse Film Festival 2017

Best feature length documentary, Madrid International Film Festival 2017

FIPRESCI Award/ Special jury award Minsk international Film Festival 2017

Viktor Award, DOK.fest Munich 2017

IDFA Award, Sarajevo Film Festival 2017

Best Film, Tbilisi International Film Festival 2017

Art Doc Award, Sheffield International Film Festival 2017



2011 Theo (Short) 
2012 Leitmotif (Short)
2014 Ukhilavi sivrtseebi (Short)
2016 Lethe (Short)
2017 City of the Sun (Doc)