“Connecting Thoughts” – Documentary Film Festival CinéDOC-Tbilisi Opens Today
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"It's not a festival where people come, just watch films and leave. There, every discussion held after the screening where people share their opinion is very important. That's why we've chosen this slogan - "Connecting Thoughts", - the festival director Archil Khetaguri mentioned in the interview.

CinéDOC Tbilisi is held for the 7th time this year and invites Documentary Film lovers to interesting film screenings and master classes from 8-13 May. Besides the traditional sections (International Competition, Focus Caucasus, CineDOC Young, Erotic DOC), this year, the festival will offer thematic sections, which unite the films around certain themes. These sections are: Director in Focus, Unconditional Love, Beyond Faith, Red Soul, Our Planet and Us, A Place we Call Home, Family Portrait, Aftermath of Conflict, Eternally Young, Changing Cities, All that Matters to Me and Adaptation.

In the section Director in Focus, three films of the French filmmaker Nicolas Philibert will be screened: Animals (1994), To be and to Have (2002), Each and Every Moment (2018). On May 9th, Nicolas Philibert will host a masterclass for the interested audience in Amirani Cinema, Hall 3.

The authors of the films presented in the section Unconditional Love try to see feelings from different angles, be it a touching Ukrainian story from "My Father is My Mother's Brother" (dir. Vadim Ilkov) or the story of a Georgian couple Nanuli and Gogi living together for 50 years (dir. Mariam Agladze).

What is the place of religion in the life of modern people and does it make any kind of influence on the everyday life? - The answers on this questions will be tried to be found in the films presented in the section Beyond Faith: "The Principal Wife" (dir. Hester Overmars, The Netherlands), Gods of Molenbeek (dir. Reetta Huhtanen, Finland), Before Father Gets Back (dir. Mari Gulbani, Georgia, France and Germany).

Unquestionably, a special mention must be granted to the new programme of the festival - Red Soul. The film scopes presented here go around the Soviet Union and still common problems related to it. This thematic section will screen films by Dziga Vertov, Werner Herzog and VItaly Mansky.

International Competition films will be judged by: Dutch Director and Producer Petra Seliskar, Director of International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival One World - Ondrej Kamenicky and Georgian Director and Producer - Mariam Chachia. As for the Focus Caucasus jury, it includes: Kenan Aliyev - Executive Editor of Current Time TV, Csilla Kato - Head of Programming at Astra Film Festival and Film Consultant and Critic - Tue Steen Muller.

Within the frame of industry programme, The New Talents Caucasus will be held for the very first time, which will support talented emerging documentary filmmakers from Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan in developing documentary film projects. The selected candidates are either from CinéDOC-Tbilisi Summer School or they have been selected for the Focus Caucasus program. Prizes for the film projects are: 1000 USD for the selected project's further development, supported by the Current Time TV; One project will be selected to participate at the Baltic Sea Forum for Documentaries held in Riga, Latvia, in September 3-7, 2019; Two filmmakers will have the opportunity to participate in a workshop about film development and co-production, organized by Eurasiadoc. The selected filmmakers will present their projects in front of a special jury including: Zane Balcus (Baltic Sea Forum for Documentaries), Melanie De Vocht (IDFA Bertha Fund), Brigid O'Shea (DOK Leipzig) Mariam Chachia (Eurasiadoc), Kenan Aliyev (Current Time TV) and Manana Suradze (Georgian National Film Center).

Furthermore, within the frame of Industry days, after the screening of Anniversary of the Revolution by Dziga Vertov, accompanied with live music, an extended Q/A with Russian film critic Nikolai Izvolov will also be held. After years of searching, the researcher Nikolai Izvolov, finally found the long-lost full footage of Dziga Vertov's film Anniversary of the Revolution (1918) in Russian State Documentary Film & Photo Archive. Before the striking discovery, only the 12 minutes of the feature-length film were available. Anniversary of the Revolution tells the story of February Revolution of 1917 in Russia. The unique archive includes events happened in Russia, civil war, the addresses of Vladimir Lenin and Leon Trotsky. The special screening will be accompanied with a live score by Nicolae Dumitru.

On May 11th, the screening on Honeyland and an extended Q/A with Director of Photography, Fejmi Daut, winner of the Best Cinematography Award at Sundance Film Festival will be held. Honeyland (2019) tells the story of the last beekeeper in Europe, living in the faraway village of Macedonia. Soon, a family of nomadic beekeepers settle near which threatens the bee colonies saved by her.

On the same day, the presentation of Creative Europe Pogramme will be held as well, which will cover training opportunities for Georgian filmmakers in Europe, how to apply and cooperate with the Creative Europe desk in Georgia.

The 7th International Documentary Film Festival CinéDOC-Tbilisi will be opened on May 8th, 20:00 with Sundance Film Festival winner film Honeyland at Amirani Cinema

Film screenings will be held in Amirani Cinema and National Archive Cinema.

For the full programme, visit the festival web-page: http://www.cinedoc-tbilisi.com/?lang=ge



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