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London Georgian Film Festival 2018

Life Through Cinema presents the 5th London Georgian Film Festival in association with the British Georgian Society in the centenary year since Georgian independence. In May 1918, the World’s first ever democratically elected social-democratic government came to power in Georgia, only to be abruptly ended by the invasion of the Red Army in 1921. We are screening unique newsreel footage from the period edited by Andro Chiaureli known as the Independence Chronicles.

Considered some of the best filmmaking in Soviet times, Georgian film has recently experienced a renaissance in movie making, and during the week at Regent Street Cinema there will be 10 UK Premieres. We are delighted to be able to include ‘a prizewinning wave of female directors and protagonists who reflect the trials and tribulations of the young nation onscreen’. There are also two classic comedies from the 1980s, a fabulous documentary about young skate boarders set against broader politics and Elene Naveriani’s moving and insightful Gospel Of Anasyrma with the trans actress and model Bianka Shigurova.

There will also be 4 chefs from leading Tbilisi kitchens Azarphesha and Poliphonia who will be preparing Georgian dishes at Terroirs Trafalgar Square, where there will also be an exhibition of Georgian Cinema Posters from the National Archives curated by Nino Dzandzava. With the addition of 4 singers from the Didgori Ensemble we will be holding a series of commemorative Supras (Georgian banquets) to make GEORGIA 100 A FILM FEAST.

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