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Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements


2017, Mariam Khatchvani, Georgia/Croatia/UK, 97 min. With Natia Vibliani, George Babluani.

Show Times

  • Fri, Sep 14th 6:00pm
  • Sat, Sep 15th 8:00pm
  • Sun, Sep 16th 3:00pm
Chicago premiere!

"Feminism meets fatalism in this starkly beautiful Georgian melodrama...tapping into a rich literary lineage of wronged heroines stretching from 'Tess of the D'Ubervilles' and 'A Doll's House' to 'The Color Purple' and 'A Handmaid's Tale.'" - Stephen Dalton, Hollywood Reporter

"Brings an insider's eye to the details...engrossing in its authentic exploration of a largely unknown microculture." - Jessica Kiang, Variety

Two men, brothers in arms, return from war to a village in the Caucasus Mountains. It's 1992, but time stands still in this remote place where the traditions and superstitions of centuries past hold sway. David (Nukri Khatchvani) will soon marry Dina (Vibliani), the woman long promised to him, and Gegi (Babluani) hopes to find the one who stole his heart in a fleeting encounter. They are fated to be in love with the same woman. A tragic death, a marriage, and another death become catalysts for rebellion when Dina, now a young widowed mother, is left at the mercy of harsh customs that render her the property of her father until another man chooses to claim her or take her by force. First-time director Khatchvani called on her own family history to breathe vibrant life into a poignant tale steeped in ancient practices in a culture shaped by the rugged beauty of the mountain landscape. In Georgian with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)

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