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
Venice Film Festival 2020
Cannes Film Festival
M18 (Sexual Violence)
27 Nov 2020, Friday, 6:30 pm
Filmgarde Bugis+ Hall 7
04 Dec 2020, Friday, 6:30pm
Filmgarde Bugis+ Hall 3
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
Director: Pushpendra Singh
A lyrical tale of the circumstances of a young woman from a nomadic tribe doubles as a timely comment on the tense Kashmiri situation today.
Director: Michel Franco
In this taut dystopian thriller, a posh wedding is interrupted by unwelcome guests who seek to destabilise the current social order in Mexico.