Tusheti documentary to introduce Georgia's mountainous province to Austrian cinema-goers

Reinhard Forstinger and his Georgian collaborators introduce the daily life of Tusheti locals to viewers in their documentary. Screenshot from trailer for the film.

Agenda.ge, 28 Jun 2019 - 16:20, Tbilisi,Georgia

A story of people and natural surroundings of Georgia's remote mountainous province Tusheti will come to locals and visitors of the town of Gmunden in Austria through a premiere of the documentary Temporary Homeland by director Reinhard Forstinger this Saturday.

At the northern town's Gmunden State Theatre, Forstinger's feature will present the filmmaker's homage to the province of long-standing folk customs and breathtaking natural beauty.

A preview from Austria's regional broadcaster Salz-TV said the director had "discovered something very special" in the highland location where his lens followed locals in their life and labour.

See the trailer for the documentary below:


[In the film] Forstinger [...] accompanies the shepherds through the summer, which lasts only a few months, an [illustrates] their social life, which culminates in [a] two-day village festival," - Salz-TV

The preview also said "unique images of wildly romantic nature" and music from the local Kelaptari Choir were included in the documentary to round off its look at the popular destination for tourists.

Forstinger was assisted in making the film by his Georgian collaborators Ninnie Shaishmelashvili and Ilia Narimanidze. The director's summary for the work alluded to "city girl Ninnie" who "dips into a world full of natural beauty [and] meets people who still live according to the original humble Tusheti traditions".

The Gmunden State Theatre, located at 7, Theatergasse Street in the town, is described as "an architectural jewel of the Wilhelminian style" by its team. The screening of Temporary Homeland will be hosted at the venue's cinema hall.