Vasil AmashukeliThursday 26th September 6.30pm Riverside Studios Box office 020 8237 1111 Book online 

Vasil Amashukeli (1886, Kutaisi - 1977, Tbilisi) was an early Georgian film director and cinematographer who worked in Azerbaijan and Georgia. He is considered the founder of cinema not only in Georgia, but in the whole Caucasus. His most famous documentary is Journey of Akaki Tsereteli in Racha-Lechkhumi (1912) shown at the 2nd London BGS Georgian film festival in 2010. In 1907, Amashukeli made several documentaries of oil production in Baku, then the 'black gold' capital of the world. This 5 minutes of footage is the only known surviving extract from the films. It will be accompanied live by Reso Kiknadze on saxophone. We are grateful to Giorgi Kakabadze and the National Archives of Georgia. 

Prêt À VivreThursday 26th September at 6.45pm Riverside Studios Box office 020 8237 1111 Book online 

With Kakhi Kavsadze, Sian PhilipsRoger Lloyd-PackAnn Firbank, Bill McAlister and David Rose (World premiere)

In this docudrama everyone is old, but their spirit and shared love of the arts are celebrated. They dream of performing, but the town council knocks their building down to make way for a modern development. They find themselves in the hills around Tbilisi. “After all,” says the scientist, “all the world’s a stage...”

The screening will be followed by a Q & A with the director, actors and Marina Tsitsishvili and there will be a festival reception at Riverside Studios from 8.30pm onwards Giorgi Levashov-Tumanishvili

Giorgi Levashov-Tumanishivili (1943, Tbilisi) is the creator of many well-known films. Script-writer and director of the first Anglo-Georgian co productions, Wanted: Marjory and Oliver, a drama-documentary, (Channel 4, UK, Georgian State TV) and Lucky Village (Channel 4, UK, Moon Globe Productions, Georgia). Founder and director of the film studio Moon Globe Productions (1988). 

Sergei ParajanovFriday 27th September at 6.30pm Riverside Studios Box office 020 8237 1111 Book online

With Sergei Parajanov

A documentary film, about the great filmmaker Sergei Paradjanov, made by his nephew. A sincere portrait of the man, with exclusive photos, letters and notes. It also features scenes from his unfinished screenplay "Confession", in which the funeral of a neighbour's daughter is seen as a prediction of his own death. 

Everybody's GoneFriday 27th September at 8.00pm Riverside Studios Box office 020 8237 1111 Book online

With Zura Kipshidze, Natalya Kolyakanova and Avtandil Makharadze (London premiere)

An elegiac recreation of life in a small town in Georgia in the late Soviet period, seen from the point of view of a young boy: traditional weddings and funerals, folklore, spells and cures – the magic of dreams.  Beautifully shot mostly in Tbilisi, this is an outstanding debut feature by the nephew of the great filmmaker Sergei Parajanov. 

Georgy Paradzhanov (1963, Tbilisi) studied theatre at Tbilisi School of Art (1983), literature at Tbilisi Pushkin Institute Georgy Paradzhanov(supervisor Nodar Dumbadze). Directed 6 plays at Tbilisi theatre. Followed the course of Rome film Academy (1992). Actor at «Sovremennik» theatre (Moscow) from 1988 to 1990. Graduated in film studies (directing) at Moscow Russian State Film Institute VGIK (1994; supervisor Vladimir Naumov). In 2000 his documentary film I’m A Seagull featured in the 57th Venice Film Festival and made that year's list of 20 Best European Documentaries. His later film I Died in Childhood (2004) premiered at the 57th Cannes Film Festival. In 2005 his documentary Let Our Days Be Long was screened at the 62nd Venice Film Festival. His other films include Adam’s Children (2007), Valerik (2009) and Prima (2010). 

The GuardianSaturday 28th September at 1.30pm Riverside Studios Box office 020 8237 1111 Book online

With Mikheil Meskhi, Kakha Abuashvili, Tazo Tskhakaia, Nutsa Kukhianidze, Tina Dalakishvili (UK premiere)

Gogliko has spent 16 years in jail. After he is released he finds that his country has completely changed. His parents and most of his friends have died during the Civil War. Gogliko can’t find his place in this new world. The only meaning in his life is to take of his godson - his dead best friend's teenage son.Zaza Urushadze

Zaza Urushadze (1965, Tbilisi) graduated from the Georgian State University of Theatre and Film in 1988. He was chairman of The Expert Commission of the Georgian National Film Centre in 2001 and director of the Georgian National Film Centre (2002-2004). His films include the acclaimed first feature Here Comes the Dawn (1998), Three Houses (2008) which was shown at the 2010 BGS georgian Film Festival, Stay with me (2011) and The Guardian (2012) for which the jury at the Kinoshock 2012 (Open CIS and Baltic Film Festival) awarded Urushadze the best director prize for a full-length feature.

Salt WhiteSaturday 28th September at 3.45pm Riverside Studios Box office 020 8237 1111 Book online

With Nino Qoridze, Fea Tsivadze, and Gagi Svanidze (UK premiere)

In post-Soviet Georgia, Nana works in a summer resort along the Black Sea coast, saving her income and dreaming of purchasing a small café. She meets a patrol officer Niko, a refugee and the carer of his parents. A homeless child Sopo who Nana befriends points them towards a path of hope. Will Nana follow it?Keti Machavariani

The screening will be followed by a Q & A with the director.

Keti Machavariani (1972, Tbilisi) graduated from Tbilisi State University, Art department, in 1995 and continued her studies at the State University of Film and Theatre, specialising in Film Direction, graduating in 2002. She has directed several short films, directed and produced TV programmes and also worked as assistant director for several feature films. Salt White is her debut full-length feature.

Lost ParadiseSaturday 28th September at 6.15pm Riverside Studios Box office 020 8237 1111 Book online

With Dudukhana Tserodze, Bato Kraveishvili and Arkadi Khintibidze

A hilarious satire loosely adapted from Davit Kldiashvili’s classic stories about the parasitic lifestyle of the impoverished nobility. Paradise Lost is still considered the best Georgian comedy of the 1930s. The festival has specially commissioned English subtitles by Georgia's leading writer Aka Morchiladze.

Introduced by Aka MorchiladzeDavit Rondeli

Davit Rondeli (1904, Kutaisi - 1976, Tbilisi) was a Georgian film director and screenwriter best known for Mamluqi (1958) and Lost Paradise (1938). He began his career as a writer and film critic associated with various proletarian cultural organizations. He worked in various genres, including adventure, historical tales, comedy, documentaries. He was named Peoples’s Artist of the Georgian SSR in 1961. Lost Paradise is still one of Georgia's most popular classics and is Rondeli's lasting contribution to Georgian cinema.

Keep SmilingSaturday 28th September at 8.45pm Riverside Studios Box office 020 8237 1111 Book online

With Tamar Bziava, Ia Sukhitashvili, Gia Roinishvili, Nana Shonia, Olga Babluani (London premiere) 

Last years Georgian selection for the 85th Academy Awards Foreign Language nomination, the film is a black comedy about the dramatic events during an unusual beauty contest. Ten women, half of them from the poorest section of society and with a large number of children, are desperate to win the main prize.

There will be second screening on Monday 30th September at 3.45pm followed by a Q & A with the director Rusudan Chkonia click here

There Once Was A Singing BlackbirdSunday 29th September at 12.30pm Riverside Studios Box office 020 8237 1111 Book online

With Gela Kandelaki, Gogi Chkheidze and Jansug Kakhidze

Gia is a carefree young percussionist who works at a theatre in Tbilisi. He spends his days busy with friends, girls, guests – but what is the real meaning of his life? A poetic masterpiece from one of Georgia's greatest directors. Otar Iosseliani

Otar Iosseliani (1934, Tbilisi) studied at the Tbilisi State Conservatory. In 1953 he went to study mathematics in Russia, but left after after two years and entered the State Film Institute, graduating with a diploma in film direction. After making April (1961) he worked as a sailor and then at Rustavi metallurgical factory. Films made in Georgia include: Falling Leaves (1966), Cannes International Critic's Week 1968, Georges Sadoul Prize and Fipresci Price; There Once Was A Singing Blackbird (1970), Best Foreign Film in Italy 1974 and Cannes Director's Fortnight 1974; Pastorale (1976). However he grew sceptical about getting enough artistic freedom in his homeland and started working in France where he eventually made his home. Later films include Favourites of the Moon (1984) receiving the Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival, Chasing Butterflies (1992), Brigands-Chapter VII (1996) Special Jury Prize Venice 1996, Home Sweet Home (1998), Monday Morning (2001), Gardens In Autumn (2006) and Chantrapas (2010) shown at the 2nd BGS Georgian Film Festival 2010. He received the Golden Leopard career honour at the 2013 Locarno Film Festival.

Nutsa GhoghoberidzeSunday 29th September at 2.30pm Riverside Studios Box office 020 8237 1111 Book online

Filmmaker Lana Gogoberidze daughter of Georgia's first women director Nutsa Ghoghoberidze (pictured left), joins a panel of directors and others working in the Georgian film industry. The panel will include Rusudan Chkonia, Tinatin Gurchiani, Keti Machavaraini and Marina Tsitsishvili. The discussion will be chaired by the director of the Tbilisi International Film Festival Nino Andjaparidze

Followed by a screening of Nutsa Ghoghoberidze's second film Buba (1930)

BubaSunday 29th September at 3.45pm Riverside Studios Box office 020 8237 1111 Book online

This documentary film is about one of Georgia's regions - Racha. The title of the film is taken from the name of one of Racha's high mountain villages. It tells about the poorest in society living in the mountains and the rise of the  SSSR. The product of a remarkable collaboration between the first Georgian female filmmaker and the leading Georgian avant-garde artist David Kakabadze. It was intended as propaganda, with real characters played by actors. Both Ghoghoberidze and Kakabadze suffered under the Soviet regime. Restored in 1980 and with recently composed music by Gio Tsintsadze.Lana Gogoberidze

Introduced by Lana Gogoberidze (pictured right)

Nutsa (Nino) Ghoghoberidze (1902, Kakhi in Sainglo -1966,Tbilisi) at the age of 25 became the first female film director in the Soviet Union, but only directed 3 films due to Stalinist repression.  In the late 1920s and early 1930s she was a close associate of Alexander Dovchenko, Sergei Eisenstein and Mikheil Kalatozishvili (Kalatozov). Her first documentary, Mati (Theirs), was made with Kalatozishvili. Buba, her second film, was followed by Uzhmuri (Grumpy) 1934, the first Soviet feature film made by a female director. From the middle of the 1930s she was under surveillance by the NKVD, and was excluded from cinematography, mainly because of her husband, Levan Ghoghoberidze, who had been a communist party worker. Levan was executed in 1937 and Nutsa was exiled to the Gulag for 10 years. After exile she spent the rest of her working life in the Institute of Linguistics in Tbilisi. Her name has been omitted from all Soviet encyclopaedias.

The Machine Which Makes Everything DisappearSunday 29th September at 5.00pm Riverside Studios Box office 020 8237 1111 Book online

Casting for a film brings the director to different people and places. Some want to be part of a film, others share their life stories, while others are searching for the strength to realise their ambitions. The director was awarded the World Cinema Directing Award at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival for this film.

The screening will be followed by a Q & A with the directorTinatin Gurchiani

Tinatin Gurchiani (1973, Tbilisi) is a  director, writer and producer. She graduated from Tbilisi State University and went on to postgraduate study at the Faculty of Psychology at Albert-Ludwig University Freiburg (Germany) and the University of Graz (Austria). She also studied Film and TV Direction at the Film and Television University Konrad Wolf, Germany. She has won several awards for her documentary and feature films.

InvasionSunday 29th September 8.00pm Riverside Studios Box office 020 8237 1111 Book online 

With Burghart Klausner, Anna Wappel, Merab Ninidze (UK premiere)

Joseph is mourning the death of his wife. At the funeral, some unexpected visitors appear. Joseph invites them to stay. At first they seem to care for him, but they soon turn hostile. Is it paranoia or a brutal invasion? 

The screening will be followed by a Q & A with Dito Tsintsadze and Merab NinidzeDito Tsintsadze

Dito Tsintsadze (1957, Tbilisi) is a Georgian film director and screenwriter living and working in Germany since 1996. He studied at the Film and Theatre Institute in Tbilisi, and has directed 11 films since 1988. His first feature On the Border won the Silver Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival.  Lost Killers (2000) was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival and was a hit at the BGS Georgian Film Festival in 2005. Der Mann von der Botschaft (2005) won several awards and films such as Reverse (2008) and  Mediator (2009) followed. Gun-shy (2003) was screened in the 2nd BGS Georgian Film Festival in 2010.

Keep SmilingMonday 30th September at 3.45pm Riverside Studios Box office 020 8237 1111 Book online

With Tamar BziavaIa SukhitashviliGia RoinishviliNana ShoniaOlga Babluani (London premiere)

Last years Georgian selection for the 85th Academy Awards Foreign Language nomination, the film is a black comedy about the dramatic events during an unusual beauty contest. Ten women, half of them from the poorest section of society and with a large number of children, are desperate to win the main prize.

This screening will be followed by a Q & A with the directorRusudan Chkonia

Rusudan Chkonia (1978, Tbilisi) is a Georgian screenwriter and director. She graduated from the Georgian Shota Rustaveli State University of Theatre and Film with a degree in directing. Her graduation film Children Without a Name won several international awards. Keep Smiling has had much recognition at various festivals including the Venice Days 2012 (a parallel programme to the Venice Film Festival).

Kakhi KavsadzeMonday 30th September at 6.30pm Riverside Studios Box office 020 8237 1111 Book online

With Kakhi Kavsadze (UK premiere) 

This award-winning documentary chronicles the ordeals of the Kavsadzes, a big family of great folk singers, including one of the most popular Georgian actors, Kakhi Kavsadze. Their lives reflect those of millions who lived in the former USSR – lives that will soon disappear from memory.

Presented by Kakhi KavsadzeNana Janelidze

Nana Janelidze (1955, Tbilisi) graduated from the Georgian State Theatre and Cinema Institute as a cinema director in 1981. Worked as a script writer and music composer. Her films include One Drop of Georgia (2002), Dreams of the Dry Bridge (2003), Christmas Gift(2005), The Knights of Georgian Chant (2010). She has been awarded the State Prize of Georgia and Jakob Gogebashvili pedagogical prize for her film Lullaby.

An Unusual Exhibition

Monday 30th September 8.15pm  Riverside Studios Box office 020 8237 1111 Book online

With Guram Lordkipanidze, Valentina Telechkina and Vasil Chkhaidze 

A tragi-comedy by one of the best-known and greatest of Georgia’s directors, Eldar Shengelaia. A mixture of conventional realism, poetic paradox, drama, comedy, the grotesque and the lyrical, the film charts the life of a sculptor who specialises in tombstones – hence the “unusual exhibition” of the title. The screening will be followed by a Q & A with the director.Eldar Shengelaia

Eldar Shengalaia (1933, Tbilisi) whose father was the film director Nikoloz Shengelaia, mother the actress Nato Vachnadze and his brother is the filmmaker Giorgi Shenglaia, is a Georgian film director and screenwriter, who directed ten films between 1957 and 1996. His most famous films are An unusual Exhibition (1968) and Blue Mountains, or An Unbelievable Story (1983). From 1990 to 2004 he was a member of the Parliament of Georgia. He has been awarded the titles of the People’s Artist of Georgia (1979) and of the Soviet Union(1988).

My GrandmotherWednesday 2nd October at 7.30pm Dash Cafe at Rich Mix Admission Free

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With Aleqsandre Takaishvili, Bella Chernova and Akaki Khorava

Imagine Harold Lloyd starring in Terry Gilliam's BRAZIL and you'll start to get an idea of what MY GRANDMOTHER is like.  Forgotten for a half-century, Kote Mikaberidze's MY GRANDMOTHER is a delightful example of the Soviet Eccentric Cinema movement as well as an irreverent satire of the then still-young Soviet State system. Noted for its anarchic styles -- which include stop-motion, puppetry, exaggerated camera angles, animation and constructivist Reso Kiknadzesets -- the film unspools the foibles and follies that abound when a Georgian paper pusher, modelled after American silent comic Harold Lloyd, loses his job. 

This will be the UK premiere of the score specially composed by Reso Kiknadze (pictured right) performed live by the Reso Kiknadze Trio.