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Berlinale 2013 : ART CINEMA AWARD for “Grzeli nateli dgeebi” (In Bloom) / Forum

Berlinale 2013 : ART CINEMA AWARD for “Grzeli nateli dgeebi” (In Bloom) / Forum

The members of the 2013 CICAE independent jury awarded the film Grzeli nateli dgeebi (In Bloom) by Simon Groß and Nana Ekvtimishvil as best film in the Forum section of the Berlinale on Saturday, February 16th, 2013.

Members of the jury were : Dirk van der Straaten (De Balie Cinema, Amsterdam, the Netherlands), Mario Fortin (Cinéma Beaubien, Montréal, Canada) and Gabor Boszormenyi (Mozinet, Budapest, Hungary)

Statement of the jury: 

This year’s CICAE Forum jury choose a film that’s very strong on both a cinematic and political level. It tells a universal and personal story that plays to a background full of violence. The production design is marvellous and the two young main actresses pulled us in their story and did not let us go, untill this very moment.“ 


Tbilisi, Georgia, 1992: The Soviet era is over and Georgia must fend for itself. Civil war is raging in the province of Abkhazia. For Natia and Eka, the barely fourteen-year-old protagonists of Grzeli nateli dgeebi, childhood is coming to an end. Eka is growing up without her father, rebelling against her concerned mother and her older sister. And Natia’s father, a choleric alcoholic, terrorises the entire family. The two friends cannot find peace outside of the family either – not in school, not on the street, and not in the bread lines. Chaos, insecurity, and fear of what the future might bring hold sway in everyday life. An admirer gives Natia a pistol with one single bullet. A little later, she’s abducted by another admirer.
This first feature film by Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Groß takes up the buried traditions of Georgian cinema, weaving together loud and soft, melancholy and missing love, eruptions of violence and a sense of the idyllic, precocious cold-bloodedness and childlike naïveté into a wonderfully rhythmic, exciting cinematic composition. A new generation of filmmakers has emerged in Georgia and is starting out by remembering its own history.

The CICAE ART CINEMA AWARDS are awarded in the major European festivals by an international jury of independent cinema programmers. The CICAE ART CINEMA AWARDS help to bring to the international Arthouse network films of high quality, for it to find its audience.

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