London Georgian Film Festival Screening: Kulturfilms with Live Score
The London Georgian Film Festival is returning in its fourth year with another exciting programme of the best of Georgian cinema. On 2 October 2015, the Frontline Club is partnering with the festival to host a screening of short classic documentaries from Georgia along with a live score.
Cinema has been at the heart of Georgian culture for over 100 years, reflecting the country’s unique traditions, people and landscape – but also making an important contribution to world cinema. Following the recent extensive season of Georgian films at MoMA and the Berkeley Art Museum in the US entitled “Discovering Georgian Cinema,” we are delighted to present three classic documentaries from Georgia to showcase the rich history of Georgian nonfiction cinema.
These films undoubtedly place themselves in the context of German Kulturfilm: short documentaries that helped to “educate” and to influence public opinion. The films, funded by the Soviet State, are dedicated to encouraging the mechanisation of labour, as well as promoting a culture of exercise and health.
The evening will be presented by the writer Aka Morchiladze, who has written some of the bestselling prose of post-Soviet Georgian literature. He now lives in London as a freelance author, writing essays and columns for numerous Georgian magazines and newspapers. Morchiladze has published more than 30 books since 1994 and has won SABA, the major Georgian literary award for Novel of The Year, five times. Some of his novels have been filmed and staged, including Journey To Karabakh (1992), made into the 2005 film directed by Levan Tutberidze and shown in the BGS Georgian Film festival 2005, and The Village by the same director, being show in this year’s festival.
You Must Reap as You Have Sown (Rasats dastes, imas moimki) – Kote Mikaberidze, Vasil Dolenko, USSR, 1930, 26 mins
Ten Minutes in the Morning (Dilis ati tsuti) - Aleqsandre Jaliashvili, USSR, 1930, 29 mins
Collective Farmers’ Hygiene (Kolmeurnis higiena) - Vakhtang Shvelidze, USSR, 1934, 17 mins
Reso Kiknadze is currently professor for Electroacoustic Music at the Ilia State University in Tbilisi, Georgia and rector of the Tbilisi State Conservatoire, and has performed as saxophonist and computer musician all over the world. Composer and coauthor of many projects with dance, visual arts, poetry, theatre and cinema, he studied classical philology at the Tbilisi State University. He played saxophone in the Georgian TV Big Band and the Conservatory Jazz Quintet, performing at various festivals in Tbilisi, Tallin, Vilnius, and elsewhere. Between 1986 and 1990 he studied composition and Georgian traditional music at Tbilisi Consevatory. Since 2000 he has collaborated with TanzOrt Nord, a contemporary dance company in Lübeck. In 2002 he founded ‘Resolution Group’, a free electroacoustic improvisation ensemble.
His son, Giorgi Kidnadze, is a Double bass player living in Hamburg and studied at the Hamburg School of Music.
4th London Georgian Film Festival 1-7 October 2015