Thank you for answer.. I'm happy that you like our culture) we aren't as popular as other countries in the world and it's nice when someone from another country knows about us and like..:)) I live in Tbilisi.. I adore Sophiko Chiaureli,u know her,I think... Which actors and directors do you like in georgian films? Or which films are ur favourite? Have you ever been in my country?
Sophiko Chiaureli is amazing. The roles she played were so varied and wide-ranging, and she was always perfect in every single one of them. It seems like there was nothing she couldn’t do.
There are many great Georgian actors I’ve seen in one or two films, but the one who really stands out for me is Kakhi Kavsadze. Always so full of energy, he’s the kind of actor who can go “over the top” and make it authentic because his personality in real life is actually that big. Of course he can be very subtle, too.
Otar Iosseliani is one of my very favorite directors, Georgian or otherwise. Tengiz Abuladze is great, too. I love Mikheil Kobakhidze’s films, it’s a shame his body of work is so small. Eldar and Georgy Shengelaya did some wonderful work. Unfortunately due to limited availability I’ve had a hard time building much of a sense of directors’ whole careers. Some directors I think I might really like (Lana Gogoberidze, for example) remain mostly inaccessible to me thus far because I can’t find any of their films with English subtitles and I don’t speak Georgian (or Russian, for that matter). Of course there’s also Mikhail Kalatozov and Georgy Daneliya, both of whom I love, but I tend to think of them more generally as “Soviet” directors, even though each of them made a couple films that were more distinctly Georgian.
Aside from Iosseliani’s films, all of which I adore (esp. There Once Was a Singing Blackbird), I think The Wishing Tree is one of the most beautiful movies I’ve ever seen, and The Plea (Vedreba) is nearly as good. Sun of the Sleepless. Blue Mountains. I think current Georgian cinema is heading in a really exciting direction, too. In Bloom, Street Days, and The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear are among the very best movies I’ve seen in the last few years.
I’ve never been to Georgia, sadly—in fact, I’m a little ashamed to admit this, but I’ve never been outside of North America (not for lack of interest, but for lack of money).