Moscow IFF Competition: I'll Die Without You

By Nailya Golman

    I'll Die Without You (Ushenod mgoni movkvdebi) is a crime melodrama of two young people living in Tbilisi, Georgia, that takes place in the course of one day.

    {mosimage}Zaza, a writer and Mamuka, a criminal, meet for the first time at the end of the film, on a cold winter evening. Zaza is trying to give up his love and bury his emotions for the sake of the happiness of the others, while Mamuka strives to satisfy his needs at the expense and misfortune of others -- one of them is motivated by revenge - and the other by love.

    The film's director Levan Tutberidze said, "It's a story about love and accident, possibilities and impossibilities, good and bad intentions, and surely it is a story about the mess in our minds." The producer of the film Vladimir Uguvala added, "This is a story that reminds us that every second of our lives is precious and valuable, and we should always keep that in mind".

    {mosimage}Tutberidze was born in Tbilisi in 1959. He graduated from Georgian State University of Theatre and Cinema in 1982 in film directing. He is one of the founders of first independent film studio in Georgia, Aisi and Amirani cinema. Tutberidze has appeared in several feature films as an actor. His first feature film as director was The Last Prayer of Nazare (Nazares ukanaskneli lotsva, 1988). His other films include Teni proshlogo (1995) and A Trip to Karabakh (Gaseirneba Karabaghshi, 2005), which won the Grand Prize at Kinoshok festival and the FIPRESCI Prize at the Tbilisi International Film Festival. Film was shot in Tbilisi in 2008, with a budget $968,000, which was financed by the film studio NAZARI with the support of the Georgian National Film Center. The film has its international premiere at the Moscow International Film Festival. The film has been picked up by the Russian distributor Raisa Fomina (INTERCINEMA company).

    ScriptAka Morchiladze
    CameraGiorgi Shvelidze
    DesignVaja Jalagania
    MusicNukri Abashidze
    SoundPetr Forejt
    ProducerLevan Tutberidze,
    Archil Gelovani,
    Vladimer Ugulava
    CastGiorgi Zanguri,
    Irakli Sanaia,
    Ia Sukhitashvili,
    Shorena Begashvili,
    Mikheil Gomiashvili,
    Levan Khurtsia
    ProductionGeorgian National Film Center
    World salesGeorgian National Film Center www.gnfc.ge

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