TBILISI: Georgian director Ioseb Bliadze is currently in postproduction with his debut feature film Otar’s Death, a coproduction between Georgia, Germany and Lithuania.
Otar’s Death tells the story of Keti (36) and her son Nika (16), who find themselves in a difficult situation when Nika hits an old man in a car accident. The victim’s family promise to refrain from pressing charges against Nika if he compensates their loss in cash. Within a single day Keti has to raise a large amount of money to prevent her son Nika from being imprisoned. An unexpected turn gives the drama a tragicomical air.
„Otar’s Death is our first feature as main producer. I am convinced Otar’s Death is a strong local and universal story at the same time, able to move people beyond their culture. The story’s background motif is lightly criminal and ironic: a tragic accident results in blackmail. In the film, Keti, the mother of the guilty party, has only 24 hours to come up with the money. Hence the plot. But the story unfolds much more than the characters’ desperation to find the money. Their actions in doing so are shaped by the lack of love and affection among them. The film is shot and the material is very promising to be a commercial arthouse film and to have its premiere at a big festival,“ Eva Blondiau told FNE.
The main characters are played by Nutsa Kukhianidze, Iva Kimeridze,Marlen Egutia, Achi Makalatia and Eka Chavleishvili.
The film is produced by Eva Blondiau through Georgia’s MAISIS PERI in coproduction with Color Of May from Germany, Studio Artizm (Lasha Khalvashi) from Georgia and M-Films (Marija Razgute) from Lithuania.
It received a production grant of 138,888 EUR / 400 000 GEL from the Georgian National Film Center in 2017 and it was also supported by the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW and the Lithuanian Film Centre.
„The total budget is about 330, 000 EUR / 1,442,817 GEL with in kinds, deferrals and postproduction support. The percentages will not be final until the film is finished,“ Blondiau told FNE.
Principal photography took place in Tbilisi and in the village of Lamovani (Dusheti) in September-October 2018. The film is now in the stage of montage. The date of the premiere is not known yet.
Producer:MAISIS PERI (Georgia)
Credits:Director: Ioseb "Soso" BliadzeScriptwriters: Ioseb "Soso" Bliadze, Elmar ImanovDoP: Dimitri DekanosidzeProduction Designer - Bacho MakharadzeProducer - Eva BlondiauCast: Nutsa Kukhianidze, Iva Kimeridze,Marlen Egutia, Achi Makalatia and Eka Chavleishvili.