KARLOVY VARY: George Ovashvili's astonishing psychological drama is one of the three case studies presented at the FNE Coproduction Event on Wednesday 8 July in Karlovy Vary.
The story is set at the natural border of the Georgian-Abkhazian conflict, Enguri River, where the spring inundation creates a small island in the middle of the river. Here an old peasant cultivates corn. Later a Georgian border policeman steps on the island and changes the seemingly ideal life of the old peasant and his 16-year old granddaughter.
The project was supported by the Georgian National Film Center (GNFC), Eurimages, Fonds Sud Cinema, Vision Sud Est, MDM, Stadtwerke Halle, Czech Film Fund, UPP Financing (Picture Post Pro), Kazakhfilm and Adjara AR Film Promotion Fund.
The film was shot throughout 70 days in April-May 2013 and September-November 2013. The script was written by Nugzar Shataidze, George Ovashvili and Roelof Jan Minneboo. The Hungarian Elemer Ragalyi is the DoP. The film stars Ilyas Salman (Turkey) and Mariam Buturishvili (Georgia). Corn Island had the world premiere at Karlovy Vary IFF where it won the Crystal Globe and the Ecumenical Jury Prize, and it was awarded and invited in many festivals since then.
CreditsDirector: George OvashviliScript: Nugzar Shataidze, George Ovashvili and Roelof Jan MinnebooDoP: Elemer RagalyiCast: Ilyas Salman, Mariam Buturishvili, Irakli Samushia, Tamer Levent