Retrospective of Georgian cinema debuts in Canada

The Wishing Tree [Natvris Khe]. 1976. USSR. Directed by Tengiz Abuladze., 11 May 2015 - 18:52, Tbilisi,Georgia

The unique past of Georgian cinematography will be described on the big screen in one of the biggest cultural centres in Toronto, Canada.

The Discovering Georgian Cinema project is being hosted in Canada for the first time after changing venues from the United States (US).

TIFF Bell Lightbox, the headquarters for the Toronto International Film festival (TIFF), which celebrates the best of Canadian and international cinema year-round, is presenting 14 full-length and four short Georgian films from May 8-19.

Here you can check the screening schedule.

The TIFF website said this "unprecedented” series was a chance for viewers to explore the rich cinematic heritage of Georgian cinema.

A retrospective of Georgian films opened on May 8 with a screening of The Wishing Tree [Natvris Khe], directed by acclaimed director Tengiz Abuladze.

The Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive has joined forces with the Museum of Modern Art’s (MoMA) Department of Film to present the largest-ever retrospective of Georgian cinema in the North America. The project is called Discovering Georgian Cinema.

"Featuring rare 35mm prints from film archives around the globe, this travelling retrospective offers North American audiences a chance to explore the rich cinematic heritage of a region that has produced such internationally acclaimed filmmakers as Otar Iosseliani and Sergei Parajanov,” the TIFF website noted.

Discovering Georgian Cinema is a collaboration between the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive and The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Organised by Susan Oxtoby, senior film curator of BAM/PFA and Jytte Jensen, curator from the MoMA’s Department of Film.

Watch Discovering Georgian Cinema's trailer below: