Nana Ekvtimishvili, director.
Nana Ekvtimishvili studied dramatics and screenwriting at film school in Potsdam-Babelsberg, Germany. After writing prose and screenplays, she directed the short WAITING FOR MUM (2011). She founded her own production company with Simon Gross and together they produced IN BLOOM (2012) written by Nana. The film won 30 awards at international festivals and was Georgia’s submission for Best Foreign Language Film for the 2014 Academy Awards. Simon studied at the Munich film school and after directing several shorts directed his first feature FATA MORGANA (2006)
Q&A with Merab Ninidze
This film will be preceded by a short performance by singers from the Didigori Ensemble and the Opening Reception of the 5th London GFF will take place in the cinema bar after the Q&A
Literature teacher Manana (Ia Shugliashvili) has been married for 25 years and lives in a three-bedroom flat, an ordinary Georgian family living with three generations under one roof. All are shocked when on the evening of her 52nd birthday Manana announces that she wants to leave and live alone. Where is she going? She has what everyone would call a good husband (Merab Ninidze) who doesn’t even drink or beat her. But Manana sticks to her decision and does something unheard of in Georgia’s patriarchal society. Without her family and husband, a journey into the unknown begins... The film was acquired by Netflix and this will be the first theatrical screening in the UK.
From the makers of IN BLOOM
“IN BLOOM quickly grew to become one of my all-time favourite films, and MY HAPPY FAMILY is every bit as enthralling and masterful an achievement.” Rogerebert.com
Festivals (Selection) Premiered at Sundance Film Festival 2017 (Nominee Grand Jury Prize)
Winner at Lecce, Hong Kong, Odessa, Seattle and Sofia
Nominee at Berlin, Istanbul, Jerusalem and Sydney
CHEMI BEDNIERI OJAKHI - MY HAPPY FAMILY (Director Nana & Simon) 2017
GZELI NATELI DGEEBI - IN BLOOM (Director Nana & Simon )2014
WAITING FOR MUM (Director & Author Nana Ekvtimishvili, Production Simon Gross) 2011 | short film
FATA MORGANA (Director Simon Gross, Author Nana Ekvtimishvili) 2006