29-09-2010

FNE Focus: Georgian Film Week in London

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LONDON: Life Through Cinema: September brought Georgian films within the focus of London (23-26 September) as "Riverside Studio" hosted a festival of Georgian films.

The first non-commercial festival of Georgian films in England was held in 2006, whereas in 2008 Bristol hosted the days of Georgian cinema.

The festival is organized by: Georgian National Film Center, British-Georgian Society, Georgian Embassy in the UK, British-Georgian Chamber of Commerce

The best Georgian films of all times - from classics to contemporary films (1912 - 2010) - were screened at the festival. The program will include works of successful Georgian directors who live and work abroad.

Since 1912 cinema has been at the centre of Georgian culture and this Festival brings the viewers some of the best works, old and new. There will be three UK premieres of recent films by a new generation of Georgian directors, features by established directors now working abroad, including Otar Iosseliani, and The best Georgian films of all times - from classics to contemporary films (1912 - 2010) - will be screened newly restored prints of such classics as Salt for Svanetia (1930), Pirosmani (1969) and the original 1912 documentary Journey of a Georgian Poet Akaki Tsereteli in Racha-Lechkhumi.

Life Through Cinema also presents a programme of recent video work by Georgian artists curated by Sophio Mediodze and tank.tv.

The aim of the festival of Georgian films in London served to make the British public aware of Georgian films. This helps to promote the works of Georgian directors. The festival also embraces lectures and discussions aimed at building cultural links between British and Georgian people.

Art and media center "Riverside Studios" is located in Hammersmith, on the bank of the Thames. It is one of the most prestigious cultural centers in Europe. It has studios, movie-theater, galleries, cafes...

Georgian National Film Center was represented at the London Festival by its Director - Tamar Tatishvili and Distribution and Exports Manager - Nino Anjaparidze.

For detailed information, please visit the web-site:

http://www.riversidestudios.co.uk/cgi-bin/season.pl?f=Georgia:%20Life%20Through%20Cinema