TBILISI: Dea Kulumbegashvili is developing her debut feature, Red Sunset / Daisi (working title), set for shooting in fall/winter 2017.
The story written by Dea Kulumbegashvili and Rati Oneli follows a failed photographer who returns from abroad to take care of his elderly father and begins a romantic relationship with the father’s caretaker. The casting is now in process.
The film is produced by Georgia’s OFA. Rati Oneli, the delegate producer and producer from Georgia, told FNE that negotiations with French coproducers are currently taking place. The executive producer is Jim Stark from the United States.
The budget is 700,000 EUR, of which 80,000 EUR is in place: 55,000 EUR from Sofia Meetings Grand Prize and 25,000 EUR as the producer’s contribution, Oneli told FNE. Grants applications are underway. The project was developed in the Résidence du Festival de Cannes, Cinéfondation.
The film is expected to be finished in mid 2018. No sales agent is attached to the project yet.
Born in 1986, Kulumbegashvili studied film directing at Columbia University School of the Arts and media studies at The New School in New York. Her debut short film Invisible Spaces was the first film from independent Georgia to be part of the Cannes’s Official Competition in 2014. Her second short film Lethe (a French/Georgian coproduction made with the financial support of France’s CNC and France 3) premiered in Quinzaine des Réalisateurs in 2016.
Oneli lived in New York from 1999 to 2014 when he moved to Georgia in order make his documentary City of the Sun. In 2014, he produced and co-edited Invisible Spaces, a short film nominated for Palme d'Or in 2014. In 2016 he coproduced the short film Lethe, that premiered in Cannes’s Quinzaine des Réalisateurs.
Credits:Director: Dea KulumbegashviliWriters: Dea Kulumbegashvili, Rati OneliDoP: Arseni Khachaturan