Beginning

Local title
Algus
Title in Russian
Начало
Original title
Dasatskisi
Director
Dea Kulumbegashvili
Country
Georgia, France
Year
2020
Festival
24th Black Nights Film Festival
Programme
CURRENT WAVES
Genre
/mängufilm/

What is it to be a Woman surrounded by hateful society? What does it mean to be a perfect Mother? Georgian debutant Dea Kulumbegashvili bravely takes original and unexpected turns to portray a painful life of one particular, wounded, outcasted, excluded Woman, avoiding traditional storytelling and daringly provoking with specific sense of humour, unpleasant situations, dangerous desires.

Immersive experience is achieved with very long slow silent unedited shots, exclusively filmed on 35mm. Don’t be afraid if you will not fully understand everything. Radically extreme drama strikes much stronger after a while, when you just can’t stop to search for answers to difficult questions about religion, god, family, alienation, sexual harassment, violent behaviour, humiliation. The film was awarded in San Sebastian IFF, earned FIPRESCI award at the Toronto IFF and selected as Georgian candidate for the Oscars.

Edvinas Pukšta

Director
Dea Kulumbegashvili
Screenwriter
Dea Kulumbegashvili, Rati Oneli
Cast
Ia Sukhitashvili, Rati Oneli, Kakha Kintsurashvili, Saba Gogichaishvili
Producer
Ilan Amouyal, David Zerat, Rati Oneli
DoP
Arseni Khachaturan
Editor
Matthieu Taponier
Runtime
Language
Georgian

Screenings

Hall 1 Kino Artis Tallinn
Screening031502 / Algus
SubtitlesEnglish
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Hall Athena Center Tartu
Screening042101 / Algus
SubtitlesEnglish
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Hall 7 Coca-Cola Plaza Tallinn
Screening140502 / Algus
SubtitlesEnglish
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Trailer