Dede (2017), a Georgian drama film directed by Mariam Khatchvani is an outstanding cinematic piece and authentic story of woman’s restless fight for freedom set in the deep Caucasus Mountains. Officially screened at 2nd Guwahati International Film Festival, 2018.
Title: Dede (2017)
Directed by: Mariam Khatchvani
Produced by: Vladimer Katcharava
Written by: Mariam Khatchvani, Vladimer Katcharava, Irakli Solomanashvili
Cast: George Babluani, Natia Vibliani, Girshel Chelidze, Nukri Khachvani, Mose Khachvani
Music by: Tako Jordania, Mate Chamgeliani
Cinematography: Kostantin Mindia Esadze
Edited by: Levan Kukhashvili
Release date: 2 August 2017
Running time: 97 minutes
It’s in 1992. Young Dina lives in a remote mountain village where life is strictly governed by centuries of tradition. Dina’s grandfather has promised her to David, who is returning from the war. But with him comes a comrade-in-arms, the handsome Gegi, and Dina falls in love. Is it possible to defy the firmly established order? A fascinating debut by Mariam Khatchvani set in the Svaneti region, her birthplace in the historical Georgian highland protected by UNESCO. Inspired by the story of her grandmother, the director wanted to retain a palpable sense of authenticity and show a way of life that has not been seen on film before. Except for one professional actor on set, she engaged local people speaking endangered language. Khatchvani exposed the sever customs deeply rooted in her community following the rhythm of four seasons as the climate conditions also determine the pattern of human behavior.
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