Veggie Garden in the Conflict Zone tells the story of a Georgian agronomist, whose house happens to be in the Georgian-Russian conflict zone.
„We want to make a smooth film about a man for whom being a patriot means to love his land. A film with tanks seen through a binocular lens, explosions and far far away the lost ‘veggie garden in the conflict zone’. The story is told in a very specific time, with a very specific background, which is a well-known part of modern world history. This is a drama of a man who is deprived of his home, but who doesn’t want to take a gun, even though he is a patriot. He is defeated by the militarised environment. This is a confrontation between a large militarist state and an individual“, Besik Solomonashvili, who penned the script together with Irakli Solomonashvili and Tamri Pkhakadze, told FNE.
The film produced by BisStudia received a production grant of 97,000 EUR / 299,083 GEL from the Georgian National Film Center in 2018 and it is also supported by the Caucasian Film Service with 22,000 EUR / 64,000 GEL. The total budget is 130,083 EUR / 399,500 GEL.
The film was shot in Tbilisi and near the real conflict zone. The premiere is planned for Tbilisi or Gori in the autumn of 2019.
Director: Besik (Beso) Solomonashvili
Scriptwriters: Besik (Beso) Solomonashvili, Irakli Solomonashvili, Tamri Pkhakadze
DoPs: Gela Chinchaladze
Cast: Demetre Skhirtladze, Mamuka Esadze, Salome Shanshiashvili, Vasil Grigalashvili, Giorgi Tsaava, Zurab Revazashvili