Up to 50 percent of the world’s manganese, a vital metal across the globe, used to be mined in Chiatura, in western Georgia. Today, it resembles an apocalyptic ghost town. Several improbable but true stories intersect in the film. Athlete sisters run methodically, like robots and it is the only thing they can do to survive. It also seems, however, that if they stop running, a spell would be broken, a catastrophe would strike and the entire city would come to a grinding halt. Zurab keeps destroying the city to build a new life for himself and his family, and Archil moves in a limbo unable to make a decision between his passion (theater) and money (working at the mines).
Followed by a Q&A with director Rati Oneli
- Running time
- 104 mins
- Georgia, USA, Qatar, Netherlands
- Other features
- Rati Oneli
- Zurab Gelashvili, Archil Khvedelidze, Mariam, Irina Pkhaladze