In Bloom

In Bloom  {Grzeli nateli dgeebi}
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In Bloom
Grzeli nateli dgeebi
Georgia, 2013, 102 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: Germany, France
Topics: Coming of Age, History, Woman Director
Program: Awards Buzz : Best Foreign Language Film
Language: Georgian English Sub-Titles

Awards: CICAE prize, Berlin; Best Film, GoEast.; Grand prize at Tokyo Filmex

An impressive coming-of-age story about female friendship, fatal feuds and family friction. Strong on both cinematic and political levels, "In Bloom" tells a universal and personal story with the help of brilliant cinematography, marvelous production design and two teen actresses who thrust the audience into their world.

Tbilisi, 1992: The Soviet era is over and Georgia must fend for itself. Civil war is raging in the province of Abkhazia. For beautiful Natia and thoughtful Eka, the 14-year-old protagonists, childhood is coming to an end. Eka is growing up without her father, rebelling against her anxious mother and her irritating older sister, while Natia’s short-tempered, alcoholic father terrorizes her entire family. Chaos, insecurity and fear of what the future might bring also hold sway outside the home, at school, on the street and in the bread lines.

Winner: Best Film, Sarajevo Film Festival, Wiesbaden GoEast; New Auteurs Award, AFI Fest, Hong Kong Film Festival; Audience Award, Milan Film Festival

DIRECTOR: Nana Ekvtimishvili
Producer: Simon Gross, Marc Wächter, Nana Ekvtimisvili, Guillaume de Seille
Editor: Stefan Stabenow
Screenwriter: Nana Ekvtimisvili
Cinematographer: Oleg Mutu RSC
Principal Cast: Lika Babluani, Mariam Bokeria, Zurab Gogaladze, Data Zakareishvili
Filmography: Gross: Fata Morgana (2007)
Print Source: Big World Pictures

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