Tiblisi, Summer 1992. Life is hard in Georgian's capital and patriarchy still very much in power. Teenagers, Eka and Natia, both about 14 years old, struggle for independence.
14-year-old best friends Eka and Natia are, like most girls their age, concerned with teenage drama in Tbilisi in the summer of 1992. (Two impressive screen debuts: Lika Babluani and Mariam Bokeria) The conditions, however, to live a “normal” teenage life in the Republic of Georgia in the early 1990s are unfavourable: Eka’s father is in jail, her mother distracted, and Natia lives with her extended family headed by her violent and alcoholic father. A society in upheaval, the first post-Soviet president toppled by a military coup, there is a shortage of everything, the war in Abhkazia is noticeable in the capital city. One constant though is power of patriarchy that somehow appears timeless. The gun that Natia receives as a romantic gesture from her admirer, which is passed around between the girls, is a sign of a violence-ridden and fractured society.
The girls’ friendship is tested when Natia is “kidnapped” and forced to marry a man she doesn’t love –a still common courtship practice in the 1990s. Eka is horrified and attempts in vain to stop the marriage. In the film’s most powerful scene, Eka gains a place in the gathered company by performing a traditional dance at the wedding. Her dance is an act of compromise but also a demonstration that submission doesn’t equal forfeiting a woman’s pride or strength.
Original title: Grzeli nateli dgeebi
Deutschland/ Frankreich/ Georgien 2013, 102 min
Director: Simon Groß, Nana Ekvtimishvili
Author: Nana Ekvtimishvili
DOP: Oleg Mutu
Montage: Stefan Stabenow
Cast: Lika Babluani, Mariam Bokeria, Zurab Gogdaladze, Data Zakareishvili, Giorgi Aladashvili, Gia Shonia, Ana Nijaradze, Maiko Ninua
- OV Original version
- OmU Original with German subtitles
- OmeU Original with English subtitles
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