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Gogitas akhali tskhovreba (original title)


Written and directed by Levan Koguashvili

Gela Chitishvili, Gogita Chitishvili, Nunu Chitishvili

74 mins

Russia, Ukraine, Croatia, Georgia, Germany


Q&A with Levan Koguashvili


After 14 years in prison, the time has come for Gogita to return to his normal life. He’s longing for a home of his own and to marry a nice woman. But who would be interested in a poor farmer and ex-con who still lives with his mother? Then he meets Maka on the internet. She’s not that young anymore, and she’s not the prettiest girl in the world, but she can bake delicious cakes. They’re soon making grand plans without even having met. What unfolds is a tragicomic tale of a simple man and woman looking for love in a world that’s placing high demands on them, a tender and humorous glimpse into the life of a Georgian man.


“I became part of their relationship”, the director Levan Koguashvili recalls of his closeness to the film’s protagonists. “Gogita’s mother would often call me, asking me questions about Maka. I became part of their life. Gogita’s mother still thinks if it wasn’t for me and my film, they would not have got married!”


Shown at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam 2016

DOCUMENTARY 

Levan Koguashvili, director

Born in Tbilisi in 1973, Levan Koguashvili studied Film Production at the Georgian State University of Theatre and Cinema in Tbilisi. Between 1995 and 1999, Levan studied Film Direction at the Russian State Institute of Film (VGIK) in Moscow. In 2007, he graduated from the Tisch School of the Art's Graduate Film Program (New York University). His first feature film Street Days was an international success. The film opened the 2nd London GFF in 2010. In 2013, Koguashvili shot his second feature film entitled Blind Dates (shown in the London GFF 2015), which premiered at both the Toronto and Berlin International Film Festivals. The film collected nearly 20 awards at film festivals all over the world. He has just finished shooting his third feature film in New York. 

Filmography:

2003 Father and Son (documentary)
2005 The Debt
2008 The Women From Georgia (documentary)
2010 Street Days
2013 Blind Dates
2016 Gogita's new life (feature documentary)