Cineast 2019: Neighbours
Original title: Mezoblebi, Georgia, Macedonia 2018, Drama, 95 min. VO EN subtitles, 16+
Directed by Gigisha Abashidze, Screenplay by Gigisha Abashidze, Produced by Lasha Khalvashi, Tinatin Kajrishvili, Svetozar Ristovski, Cast: Tornike Gogrichiani, Ia Sukhitashvili, Nino Koridze, Temur Chichinadze, Natalia Kuloshvili
Beautifully filmed, directed and acted, this charming and quiet film focuses on the everyday life of a community, presenting a microcosm of society in transition.
A courtyard in Tbilisi, surrounded by buildings in various states of disrepair. The residents spend their time here engaged in conversation or playing backgammon and cards. When investors offer to buy the houses, the whole neighbourhood rejoices. Paterfamilias Gia is the only one who refuses the deal, to the great discontent of the others, as the investors have made it clear that it’s all or nothing. With a comic bent and a pinch of tragedy, NEIGHBORS dissects a social microcosm characterised by absurd relationships, economic coercion and macho posturing.