Director: Nana Ekvtimishvili & Simon Gross
Cast: Lika Babluani, Mariam Bokeria, Zurab Gogaladze, Ana Nijaradze, Data Zakareshovili, Mai Kowinua Genre: Drama
Language: Georgian with English subtitles
Country of origin: Georgia, Germany, France 2013 102 mins.
Winner C.I.A.C.E. Jury Award 2013 Berlin International Film Festival
Released by ARTIFICIAL EYE/CURZON FILM WORLD
'Gripping and powerful - a vivid and moving portrait of expectations in post Soviet Georgia.'
The debut feature from Georgian filmmaker Nana Ekvtimishvili, 'In Bloom', is a powerful coming-of-age story that takes place in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia in 1992, just after the collapse of the Soviet Union. With the sudden and dramatic changes in the country and the civil war in the Abkhazia region, the film follows two inseparable 14 year old friends, Eka (Lika Babluani) and Natia (Mariam Bokeria) whose childhood will change as insecurity and fear for the future sets in as they deal with the new world around them. But Eka and Natia, respond to the norms of a 14 year old - the gossip of the classroom, music and boys. With Lado (Data Zakarashovili) and local thug Kote (Zurab Gogaladze) vying for Natia's attention, a pistol becomes a focal point testing the two girl's friendship.That's the secret that they share. Oleg Mutu's marvellous camera work (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 days and Beyond the Hills ) and Lika Babluani and Mariam Bokeris's naturalistic performances makes 'In Bloom' a movie that observes. It's unsentimental in its portrayal of the powerful and oppressive familial and societal expectations, the violence that permeated Georgian society and the hidden acceptance of unhappiness. As this drama concludes Eka, witness to the unfolding actions spontaneously performs a dance, her face expressionless - a dance of acceptance, in essence a dance of death. Riveting. Nana Ekvtimishvili wrote the script loosely based on childhood memories and co-directed it with her husband Simon Gross. It's a remarkable accomplishment.