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Beginning

დასაწყისი

Rating: M18

Synopsis

Yana, a former actress, and her minister husband are Jehovah’s Witness missionaries in a remote Georgian town. Following a horrific attack on their church, her husband leaves on a work trip. Yana, alone with her young son, is faced with a hostile community and a corrupt police. Embroiled in an identity crisis herself, Yana endures physical and psychological trauma, with no one to turn to.

Through the juxtaposition of natural scenery against cold, domestic spaces, Yana’s torment is not so much seen but felt, resonating through the spaces she inhabits. Dea Kulumbegashvili’s still camerawork with precise mise en scène dispassionately paints a stoic front that belies the dark undertows of a woman’s suffering.

“Impenetrable in places but always intriguing, Beginning is graced by a potent lead performance from Ia Sukhitashvili who conveys the myriad emotions of woman at the mercy of a cruel world and enduring a life tossed from serenity to distress, obedience to emancipation.”

Allan Hunter, ScreenDaily

Official Selection

Venice Film Festival 2020

Official Selection

Cannes Film Festival

Details

Director:

Dea Kulumbegashvili

Country:

Georgia, France

Duration:

125 Mins

Rating:

M18 (Sexual Violence)

Year:

2020

Language(s):

Georgian

Showtimes

Cinema

27 Nov 2020, Friday, 6:30 pm

Filmgarde Bugis+ Hall 7

04 Dec 2020, Friday, 6:30pm

Filmgarde Bugis+ Hall 3

Film Credits

Director

Dea Kulumbegashvili is a Georgian film director.

Her first short film, Invisible Spaces (2014), was nominated for the Short Film Palme d’Or, becoming the first film from independent Georgia selected for competition at Cannes. Beginning emerged a major winner at San Sebastián Film Festival, clinching Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress and Best Screenplay.

Cast & Crew

Producer:

Steven Darty
Adrien Dassault

Cast:

Ia Sukhitashvili
Rati Oneli
Kakha Kintsurashvili