Georgian filmmaker Salome Jashi triumphs at Chilean festival

Film director Salome Jashi (R) photographed with the principal award of the Valdivia International Film Festival in Chile. Photo from the festival., 18 Oct 2016 - 16:20, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgian filmmaker Salome Jashi’s award-winning documentary The Dazzling Light of Sunset has received further international praise after the film was singled out for a major award at a leading festival in Chile last weekend.

The documentary screened in the Valdivia International Film Festival, which ran from October 10-16 in Valdivia city in the country’s south.

Winners of the cinema event were announced on Sunday. The Georgian director’s work was awarded the Best International Feature Film prize by the festival’s jury.

See the trailer for the documentary ‘The Dazzling Light of Sunset’ below:

The Dazzling Light of Sunset screened at the festival as one of 12 films in the Official International Feature Selection, one of the festival’s four in-competition sections. The other three categories focused on Chilean and Latin American productions.

A co-production between Georgia and Germany, Jashi’s film premiered at the Nyon International Film Festival in Switzerland in April, and took the Best New Film award at the occasion.

Berlin-based Jashi worked on the feature-length documentary as director and scriptwriter.

The festival ran from October 10-16 and featured dozens of international and Latin American productions within its program. Photo from The Dazzling Light of Sunset Film Page/Facebook.

Most of the film was shot in Tsalenjikha town in western Georgia and followed a small Georgian community of locals in their daily lives.

Earlier in her cinema work Jashi received the Honorary Mention for her 2011 documentary Bakhmaro at the 2011 Leipzig International Festival for Documentary and Animated Film in Germany.

The Valdivia International Film Festival was established in 1993. The festival’s staff said the event had since grown to be recognised as "a reference for Latin America” and was known to feature "one of the most interesting and influential industry sections” in Latin America.