Georgian films go global at Cannes Film Festival

Screenshot from the movie Blue Mountains directed by Eldar Shengelaia., 02 May 2014 - 17:45, Tbilisi,Georgia

Two classic Georgian films will be shown to a global audience at the 67th Cannes Film Festival in France.

Blue Mountains created by famous Georgian filmmaker Eldar Shengelaia and Color of the Pomegranate directed by Sergei Parajanov are included in the Cannes Classics 2014 category.

The 67th Cannes Film Festival will be held from 14 to 25 May.

Blue Mountains has been digitalized from its original negative and produced in Gosfilmfond Russia will be screened on May 18.

Blue Mountains is about a young novelist named Soso who wrote the story "Blue Mountains" and took it to a publisher. His efforts to get her manuscript read at the government publishing house are stymied by official procrastination and indifference.

Color of the Pomegranate is a biography of the Armenian troubadour Sayat Nova (King of Song) and reveals the poet's life through his words rather than through the conventional narration of important events in Nova's life.

The classic Georgian masterpieces were presented by the Georgian National Film Centre. The Georgian Pavilion, presented by the National Film Centre, will also feature at the Cannes Film Market.

At the market, the National Film Centre will help create and establish business relationships and find new alternative sources for Georgian movie projects. The National Film Centre will use the industrial section of the Festival for thinning out Georgian new film trailers, offer Georgian films to various International Festivals and present Georgia as attractive shooting location.

In the Festival’s section PRODUCERS ON THE MOVE nominated Georgian producer Tinatin Kajrishvili will present her project named One Way Ticket.

Moreover, Georgian film makers Noshre Chkhaidze, Eka JoJua and Lasha Khalvashi will appear in the Festival’s Producers Network Section.

For the first time a 10-minute  film, titled Invisible Spaces and produced by Georgian Dea Kulumbegashvili, will be included in the Short Films Selection of the Cannes Film Festival 2014.

This year the Selection Committee received 3,450 short films representing 128 production countries worldwide.

Nine films will compete this year for the Short Film Palme d'Or, to be awarded by President of the Jury Abbas Kiarostami at the Film Festival's Awards Ceremony on Saturday May 24. Other festival winners will also be announced on May 24.

The Cannes Film Festival is an annual event held in Cannes, France, which previews new films of all genres including documentaries from around the world.

Founded in 1946, the Cannes Film Festival it is one of the most prestigious and publicised film festivals in the world.