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Directed by Eldar Shengelaia

Written by Rezo Cheishvili

Nika Tavadze, Nineli Chankvetadze, Nato Jugheli

99 mins

Georgia


After suffering defeat in the elections, Refugees Eviction Minister Giorgi Mchedlishvili, loses everything that is dear to him: office, car, source of income and most importantly - power. Giorgi’s special chair, which is an alive being, motivates the former Minister to take action, but these do not bring the desired results. In these difficult times Giorgi meets Donara, a refugee woman whom he later marries. The new government orders the eviction of Giorgi and his family from their house. The former Minister first puts himself in confrontation with the media and then with his sister-in-law, Magda…


This is Shengelaia’s first film since 1996, and its sense of humour, satire of bureaucracy and obsession with power, is reminiscent of Blue Mountains. The interesting special effects are all done in Georgia.

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 Sophio Chiaureli). His granddaughter Nato Jugeli 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, reting 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