Robinzoniada, anu chemi ingliseli Papa (original title)

Nana Jorjadze

Janri Lolashvili, Nineli Chankvetadze, Guran Pirtskhalava

76 mins


Panel discussion on filmmaking in Georgia at the time of perestroika with Teresa Cherfas, Merab Ninidze and Eldar Shengelaia

Nana Jorjadze’s first feature film as a director is a delightful comedy which won the Camera d’Or at the 1987 Cannes Film Festival. The story, told in flashback, is an absurdist political comedy about a 1920s British engineer Hughes, in Georgia to help build a telegraph line, who falls in love with the sister of the local political boss. When he is driven out of the village after a quarrel, he takes up residence by the telegraph poles, including his brass bed, declaring three yards around every pole British territory and creating a safe haven where he can meet his love. The story is told by Hughes’ grandson, a composer, in the 1980s and uses newsreel footage from the Independence Chronicles to remind the audience of the day that Georgia had been independent.

Nana Jorjadze, director

Born in 1948 in Tbilisi. She studied architecture in Tbilisi and was an architect until 1973. In 1974 she started to study cinema at the Tbilisi film school. She has realized many projects as a costume designer, set designer and actress since 1977. In 1987 she made her first feature film, ROBINSONADA, OR MY ENGLISH GRANDFATHER, which won the the Golden Camera at the Cannes film festival for best debut. Her film A CHEF IN LOVE (1996) won several major prizes and an Oscar nomination. She has been a member of the European Film Academy since 1994.

Filmography (selected)

2016 Prime Meridian of Wine Géorgie (Documentary)

2014 My Mermaid, My Loreley / Moya rusalka, moya Lorelyay
2008 The Rainbowmaker / Meteoidioti
2000 27 Missing Kisses / 27 dakarguli kotsna
1996 Chef In Love / Shekvarebuli kulinaris ataserti retsepti
1987 My English Grandfather / Robinzoniada, anu chemi ingliseli Papa
1981 Help Me on up to Elbruss / Momekhmaret ialbuzze asvlashi (TV movie)
1980 A Journey to Sopot / Mogzauroba Sopotshi (short)