Georgia's CoE chairmanship marked with Strasbourg film screenings

A still from the short film 'The Umbrella' by Mikheil Kobakhidze. Photo via L'Odyssee., 05 Mar 2020 - 17:42, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgian cinema classics and a contemporary feature are screening in Strasbourg to mark the country's chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe.

Films representing Georgia's famed Soviet-era scene, from Falling Leaves by acclaimed director Otar Iosseliani to Lana Gogoberidze's Some Interviews on Personal Matters, have been selected to be discovered by viewers of the L'Odyssée cinema theatre in the city.

The programme launched with Iosseliani's 1970 Once Upon a Time There Was a Singing Blackbird, with the filmmaker present at the venue to introduce his work to the audience on Wednesday.

Continuing on Saturday, three short works by Mikheil Kobakhidze will have their time on the big screen.  The Wedding (1964) and The Umbrella (1967) present the creator's takes on romantic encounters, with The Musicians (1969) rounding the selection with a look on two musical artists and their relationship.