Award-winning Soviet Georgian classic 'Repentance' returns to Cannes Film Festival

Actor Avtandil Makharadze, who earned the Chigaco International Festival Award for Best Actor for his role in the film, will be in attendance at Cannes. Photo via IMDB., 24 Jun 2021 - 14:54, Tbilisi,Georgia

One of Soviet Georgian cinema's all-time classics is returning to France's major Cannes Film Festival next month, with a freshly restored and digitised version of Tengiz Abuladze's 1984 Repentance set to screen in the Cannes Classics section that presents preserved masterpieces to audiences of the festival.

The two-hour, 33-minute feature, which had its world premiere at Cannes in 1987 and earned three prizes including the Grand Prix of the Jury, will screen at the 74th edition of the celebrated festival in its online run over 11 days, starting on July 6.

It will be presented by the Georgian National Film Center, which led the restoration and digitisation of Abuladze's allegorical drama on political repressions and generational tragedy last year. The national cinema body, benefiting from financial support by the culture ministry, scanned the film rolls at the Universal Production Partners studio in Prague, before carrying out the rest of the work in Georgia.