Blue Mountains, or Unbelievable Story

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London Georgian Film Festival

An inspired satire by one of Georgia’s leading directors, Eldar Shengelaia’s Blue Mountains is a charming and disarming critique of bureaucracy. In a publishing house in Tbilisi, a writer and his manuscript submission are all but ignored as the employees, a colourful cast of characters, carry on with their private affairs and outside interests, oblivious to his needs. This deftly orchestrated study of an office environment is part Jacques Tati, part Ermanno Olmi, capturing nuanced situations with an eye for humour and timing.

The film was first shown in the Directors’ Fortnight at the 1985 Cannes Film festival, but Shengelaia was prohibited from attending by Soviet authorities. It was also selected for screening as part of the Cannes Classics section at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.

Introduced by Eldar Shengelaia

BBFC rating
Running time
97 mins
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Eldar Shengelaia
Ramaz Giorgobiani, Vasil Kakhniashvili, Teimuraz Chirgadze

Book tickets

May 4th

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