The New York Times: “Independent Nations With Films To Match”

Screenshot from Tengiz Abuladze’s “Repentance.” (1984), Sep 23, 2014, Tbilisi, Georgia

One of America’s leading media outlets is praising Georgian film and calling on all people from all walks of life to experience a revolutionary exhibition that shows the delights and controversies of Georgian film in all is glory.

For the first time Georgia’s "glorious cinematic history” and some of the nation’s greatest and most controversial work will be on show at New York’s Museum of Modern Art.

Georgian cinema is exotic and, like the mountainous terrain celebrated by the Russian writers Lermontov and Tolstoy, can be forbidding as well as fiercely beautiful. It is also largely unknown,” writes author J. Hoberman in an article published in The New York Times.

The exhibition will be a dream come true for curator Jytte Jensen, who first visited the newly independent Georgia in 1991 with hopes of organising a full-scale retrospective.

The show was announced in the late 1990s however the Georgian’s resisted when it became clear that many films would have to come from Russian archive Gosfilmofond. She was very close to doing the show six years ago, then came the 2008 Russian-Georgian War.

The exhibition, which opens tomorrow, will then open three days later at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive in California.

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