Beginning

directed by Dea Kulumbegashvili

Preview Screening
Georgia, France | 2020 | 125 mins
Drama

Synopsis

Dea Kulumbegashvili’s harrowing, sensorial debut feature centres on a Jehovah’s Witness missionary seeking justice in a remote Georgian village.
In a sleepy provincial town, a Jehovah Witness community is attacked by an extremist group. In the midst of this conflict, the familiar world of Yana, the wife of the community leader, slowly crumbles. Yana’s inner discontent grows as she struggles to make sense of her desires.

Credits

Director: Dea Kulumbegashvili
Screenplay: Dea Kulumbegashvili, Rati Oneli
Produced by:
Ilan Amouyal, David Zerat (First Picture), Rati Oneli (OFA)
Photography: Arseni Khachaturan
Editor: Matthieu Taponier
Music: Nicolas Jaar
Cast:
Ia Sukhitashvili, Rati Oneli, Kakha Kintsurashvili, Saba Gogichaishvil

Screening schedule

Monday 21 June at Freiluftkino Silent Green

Language

Georgian with English subtitles

Genre

Drama

Festivals and Awards

Cannes Film Festival 2020
Toronto Film Festival
San Sebastian Film Festival

About the Director

Dea Kulumbegashvili (Georgia, 1986) studied film directing at Columbia University, in New York. She has directed the short films Ukhilavi sivrtseebi (Invisible Spaces, 2014), which competed in the Official Short Film Section at the Festival de Cannes, and Léthé (2016), with which she returned to the French competition, this time to the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs. Dasatskisi is her first feature film and was part of the official selection of the Festival de Cannes 2020, cancelled due to Covid-19.