Films in the International Competition
Discovering and supporting new talents is the major principal of Tbilisi International Film Festival, thus, International Competition stays as the most important part of the event. Traditionaly, films speak of timely problems and human problems in contemporary world, where the main charachters are trying to find their place. This year, ten European feature debuts will compete for silver and golden Prometheus for Best Film and Best Director
‘’A Good Wife’’ is a 2016 Serbian drama film written, directed by and starring Mirjana Karanović. It was shown in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition section at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Milena is a middle-aged wife and mother ensconced comfortably behind a gate in an upscale suburb of Belgrade. She quietly tends to her looks, dutifully cooks and entertains, and meets her friends for choir practice. She makes love with her husband and they socialize jauntily with a group of old friends. But unsettling realities are beginning to seep into Milena’s consciousness and disrupt her ordered world. One day while cleaning, she happens upon a videotape that incriminates her husband in horrific war crimes. A Good Wife is the story of how this secret reverberates in Milena’s life and eventually changes her.
‘’A Taste of Ink’’ by Morgan Simon tells about Vincent who hasn’t lived a third of his life yet, but he has already tattooed half of his body and hoarsened his voice with his post-hardcore band. Since his mother died, he shares his time between a piercer job he’s not happy with and a fishmonger father trying to start a new life with a younger woman. And it’s driving him insane.
Romanian director Bogdan Mirica's first feature ‘’Dogs’’, is a story about Roman,who is a young man from Bucharest, comes to the countryside near the border with Ukraine with the firm intention to sell the vast but desolate land he inherited from his grandfather. He is warned by old man Hogas, the local cop, that his grandfather was a local crime lord and his “boys”, led by the charismatic and cruel Samir, will not let go of the land - and their smuggling business - without a fight. Roman doesn’t give up and the three men clash in a triangle of violence.
Israeli director Yaniv Berman (The Alpha Diaries) and Palestinian producer Tony Copti (Girrafada, The Attack) tenaciously crowd-funded ‘’Land of the Little People’’, a chilling, matter-of-fact political metaphor that describes how children learn to justify and savor killing without any moral qualm.
‘’My Father’s Wings’’ by Kıvanç Sezer focusses on a Ibrahim’s and his nephew Yusuf’s life. Ibrahim finds out that he has a severe lung cancer. On the contrary of Ibrahim who is sick and old, Yusuf is a worker who has ambition and enthusiasm for the future. Then a work accident happens in the construction site in which family of the worker is paid compensation illegally by the company and when Ibrahim gets to know, he thinks of his family. As earthquake victims, they are entitled to have a house but they still need to pay it for years. However, the money isn't there. The idea of suicide and his cancer would lead him to death eventually. Then the question comes about the value of a person’s life. Will it worth to die or not?
‘’Quit Staring at my Plate’’ by Hana Jušić, the young Croatian director uses brutal realism, but also touches of dark humour, to outline the dynamics of this dysfunctional family.
Docmaker Grzegorz Zariczny made an authentic, endearing fiction debut, ‘’Waves’’– having its world premiere in the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival competition – is ostensibly a fiction film, albeit with a heavy dose of realism thrown in.
‘’Zhaleika’’ by Eliza Petkova tells about Lora, her existence is determined by rigid religious and social customs, until a radical break drives her to the borders of the small community and beyond. The director captures the claustrophobia of a small town and the vastness of a clever young woman’s emotional world in images which remain with the viewer long after the credits have rolled.
It has to be mentioned that two Georgian films : ‘’Anna’s Life’’ and ‘’House of Other’’ which are in Georgian Panorama, will also participate in this section.