On September 17, XII Batumi International Art-House Film Festival was launched. Two prominent Georgians were awarded with the BIAFF Honorary Awards for the contribution to world cinema. One of which is Gia Kancheli well acclaimed Georgian composer, famous for composing unforgettable music for many films either in Georgia or abroad and the other was famous Georgian actor and singer Vakhtang (Buba) Kikabidze. Both of them were attending the BIAFF Opening Ceremony at the Batumi Music Hall.
On September 18, “Angels of Sorrow” a film by Teona Jorbenadze was also screened at the BIAFF. Documentary film was dedicated to 80th Jubilee of Maestro Gia Kancheli.
“Khibula” – new film by George Ovashvili was premiered at BIAFF Opening Ceremony. The film shows emotional and strained environment of the last days of Zviad Gamsakhurdia, the first President of Georgia . After Georgian premiere, the film initiated some contradictory opinions among film lovers, saying that they expected more from the director, deeper digging into the past and more detailed overview in general. In my opinion, the only disappointing thing for the spectators, was that the film increased and exaggerated the questions, instead of finding and giving some answers.
As for coming interesting films, today, on September 21 and repeatedly on September 23, you can watch “DEDE” – new film by Mariam Khachvani (Georgia/Qatar). The film will be screened at “APOLLO”, Batumi.
Documentary film “I swam Enguri” by Anuna Bukia, the story portrays everlasting estranging damage occupation can bring: how it can eradicate the concept of ‘ home’ and the comforting feeling of safety.
As for detailed schedule of the films and masterclasses with the directors/filmmakers/screenwriters, check BIAFF website.