Nana Jorjadze’s first feature film as a director is a delightful comedy which won the Camera d’Or at the 1987 Cannes Film Festival. The story, told in flashback, is an absurdist political comedy about a 1920s British engineer Hughes, in Georgia to help build a telegraph line, who falls in love with the sister of the local political boss. When he is driven out of the village after a quarrel, he takes up residence by the telegraph poles, including his brass bed, declaring three yards around every pole British territory and creating a safe haven where he can meet his love. The story is told by Hughes’ grandson, a composer, in the 1980s and uses newsreel footage from the Independence Chronicles to remind the audience of the day that Georgia had been independent.
Followed by a panel discussion on filmmaking in Georgia at the time of perestroika with Teresa Cherfas, Merab Ninidze, Eldar Shengelaia and Josephine Burton chairing.
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