Beniamino Barrese claims CineDOC-Tbilisi principal award for ‘The Disappearance of My Mother’

Winning filmmakers were unveiled at the festival earlier this week. Photo: CineDOC., 16 May 2019 - 18:22, Tbilisi,Georgia

Beniamino Barrese’s Sundance-nominated The Disappearance of My Mother took the principal award of the CineDOC-Tbilisi International Documentary Film Festival, which closed in Tbilisi this week.

As the first international documentary fest of the South Caucasus hosted its seventh edition, judges picked the feature about Benedetta Barzini, an iconic former model who decides to escape social roles and images about her and is followed by his son’s camera in the decision to move to a remote place.

The making of the film turns into a battle between mother and son, a stubborn fight which captures the ultimate image of Benedetta –the image of her liberation,” said a summary for the film from the festival.

Juries of the Tbilisi festival said the Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize-nominated work raised questions on “how we treat privacy and who has the right to use it”, while also calling it “an emotional insight into a relationship between mother and son”.

In the two other general prizes, My Father is My Mother’s Brother by Vadim Ilkov received the Current Time TV Award and the Special Jury Mention went to Honeyland by Lubomir Stefanov and Tamara Kotevska.

In festival sections, Best Film of the Focus Caucasus Competition was awarded to Wound by Arthur Sukiasyan. The filmmaker’s short brings viewers to the Armenian city of Gyumri, where “life’s hardships and shared memories from the past bring together ‘parallel worlds’ of protagonists”.

In the same section, Before Father Gets Back by Georgian director Mari Gulbiani was distinguished with the Georgian Public Broadcaster Award, while A Life of Her Own by her compatriot Tamara Mshvenieradze won the Special Jury Mention and the MAC Georgia-Shuki Movida Award.

The other prizes for the remaining sections of CineDOC went to the following works:

New Talents Caucasus:

Baltic Sea Forum for Documentaries Award — Ever Since I Know Myself by Maka Gogaladze

Current Time TV Award — Mothers, Sons and Homeland by Leyli Gafarova

Eurasiadoc Award:

Beauty and the Lawyer by Hovhannes Ishkhanian and Cadillac Dreams by Elene Mikaberidze

CinéDOC-Young Best Film:

Life is a Beach by Jens Pedersen

Civil Pitch 2019 Awards:

Production Award — Missing My Body by Nino Chimakadze and Alexander Kvatashidze

Development Award — Identity in Process by Mariam Jibuti and Nino Memanishvili

Current Time TV Award — Vitali by Tamar Kapanadze and Keti Gigashvili

The list of winners was unveiled with the festival coming to a close following six days of screenings that brought over 50 documentaries to the Amirani Cinema Theatre and a newly opened hall of the National Archives of Georgia.