World premiere

Patient#1

Local title
Patsient#1
Director
Rezo Gigineishvili
Country
Georgia
Year
2023
Festival
27th Black Nights Film Festival
Programme
Official Selection - Competition
Genre
drama
Subject
individual vs society, betrayal, history, historical personas

The director of “Patient#1”, Rezo Gigineishvili, was born in Georgia. In his childhood, the family moved to Moscow. After graduating from film school, he became a commercially successful filmmaker in Russia. However, the author's international fame came with the Georgian film “Hostages” (2017), where he undertook a serious drama.

Nurse Sasha works at a government clinic in the Soviet Empire. She is assigned to take care of the desperately sick party leader. The patient has long lost touch with reality. Not only because of his illness but above all because he has been at the top of the country for such a long time. The old man believes he controls the state. In fact, he has long been a puppet in a system that functions out of inertia.

Gigineishvili’s new film has also been produced in Georgia. With this film, the 41-year-old director finally demonstrates his maturity to make sense of the grotesque manifestations of power that are taking place in our current society. This is particularly evident in the author's approach to the elderly patient. The situation is ridiculously absurd and at the same time absurdly sad. Gigineishvili’s personal life has constantly been under the heightened attention of the Russian tabloids. However, if this film were miraculously shown there, his image would certainly change as well. This is an author who deserves attention and has something to say – when we talk about the past, we can think about the present.

Mihkel Möölman

Director
Rezo Gigineishvili
Screenwriter
Aleksandr Rodionov, Rezo Gigineishvili
Cast
Aleksandr Filippenko, Olga Makeeva
Producer
Archil Gelovani, Sergey Yahontov
DoP
Piotr Bratersky
Production
Independent Film Project
Runtime
Language
Russian
Subtitles
Estonian, English
Director
Rezo Gigineishvili

Rezo Gigineishvili (1982) graduated from director's faculty of VGIK (Marlen Khutsiev's class) in 2005. Directed more than 150 music videos and advertising clips. His feature “Hostages” (2017) was premiered at Berlinale in the Panorama programme and participated in more than 30 international film festivals including Telluride, Edinburgh, Thessaloniki, Shanghai, Haifa, Cairo.

Filmography:
Zhara (Kuumalaine, 2006), Bez muzhchin (2011, co-dir), Lyubov s aktsentom (2012), Bez granits (2015, co-dir), Zalozhniki (Hostages, 2017), Pro lyubov. Tolko dlya vzroslykh (2017, co-dir), Trezvyy voditel (2019), Patient No. 1 (2023)

Producer
Archil Gelovani

Born in Moscow in 1974. Studied international law in Moscow State Institute of International Relations, business administration at Harvard University, and management at Boston University. Chairman of the Board of Directors of the film studio "Georgia Film" from 2009 to 2011.

Grand Prix for The Best Film, grant of 20 000 euros from the city of Tallinn, Award for Best Director, grant of 5000€ from Alexela

Screenings

Chill-Hall Apollo Kino Coca-Cola Plaza
Screening070101 / Patsient#1
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian
Q&A guestsRezo Gigineishvili (Director, Screenwriter), Archil Gelovani (Producer), Sergei Yahontov (Producer), Alexander Filippenko (Cast)
Q&A duration
Screening duration
3rd Hall Apollo Kino Lõunakeskus, Tartu
Screening084301 / Patsient#1
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian
Screening duration
8th Hall Apollo Kino Coca-Cola Plaza
Screening090804 / Patsient#1
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian
Screening duration
9th Hall Apollo Kino Coca-Cola Plaza
Screening170902 / Patsient#1
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian
Screening duration
Trailer
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