Features by Elene Naveriani, Salomé Jashi in Locarno Film Festival selection

  • Elene Naveriani's new feature 'Wet Sand' is centred around protagonists in a Black Sea coastline village dealing with newly uncovered truths. Photo via Locarno Film Festival.

Agenda.ge, 1 Jul 2021 - 18:11, Tbilisi,Georgia

Feature films by directors Elene Naveriani and Salomé Jashi will be screened in two programmes of the upcoming Locarno Film Festival, with the former's Wet Sand debuting in the section showcasing emerging global talent and the award-winning Taming the Garden from the latter selected for Swiss Panorama.

Gearing up for the festival dates next month and the location of Locarno's Piazza Grande for the 74th edition, organisers have revealed films picked for 11 programmes, from the international competition to retrospectives to screenings designed for young audiences.

In two of the sections, Georgian filmmakers will be highlighted along their peers, with Naveriani's work to be shown in Concorso Cineasti del presente, a selection of first and second feature films "directed by emerging global talents."

The Swiss-Georgian co-production features a cast of Georgian actors and screenplay by the filmmaker and Sandro Naveriani. The feature observes developments in a Black Sea coastline village in Georgia, where a sudden death of a local unveils consequences of their concealed long-running relationship.

A still from 'Taming the Garden'. The feature documentary earned awards from Cinéma du réel and UNAM festivals over the recent months. Photo via Locarno Film Festival.

Produced by  Cornelia Seitler, Brigitte Hofer and Ketie Danelia, Wet Sand is slated for release later this year. The film also involves costume design by Nino Injia and art direction from Ketevan Nadibaidze.

Naveriani's previous film work has earned honours including the Special Jury Prize of the Seoul International Women’s Film Festival for her debut feature I Am Truly a Drop of Sun on Earth.

In the Swiss Panorama programme - featuring works selected by representatives of the Solothurn Film Festival, SWISS FILMS and the Swiss Film Academy - a spot for screening has ben set aside for Jashi's Cinéma du réel- and UNAM festival prize-winning documentary Taming the Garden.

Praised for showing a "tragic side of uprooting and the domination of man over man" through "the power of its mise en scène" at the former festival, the feature-length documentary observes the residents' reactions to a sudden development around remarkable trees of their locality.

The words of the Cinéma du réel jury follow the acclaim for the documentary at Sundance for its "astonishing cinematic style" and for its director - recipient of awards from Jean Rouch and Nyon film festivals, among others - for "shrewdly observant eye".

The 74th edition of Locarno Film Festival is set to run between August 4-14.