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Giorgi Ovašvili

Corn Island
სიმინდის კუნძული

Georgia, Germany, France, Czech Republic, Kazakhstan & Hungary 2014
In Abkhaz, Georgian & Russian / English subtitles
90 min
For audicences aged 12 years and above


An astonishing feat of cinema presented with the utmost modesty, Corn Island, observes a hardy old peasant and his obedient granddaughter as they carry out one of the world's most daunting farming traditions. With just these two central characters, virtually no dialogue and the simplest of settings - a small, almond-shaped sliver of arable land floating midway between the shores of Georgia and Abkhazia - director George Ovashvili crafts a haunting portrait of a place where present-day political conflict and centuries-old survival collide.
Peter Debruge, Variety

A master class in emotionally charged minimalism, Corn Island takes place on the far eastern fringes of contemporary Europe, but much of its fable-like texture seems rooted in a timeless hinterland of myth and folklore. A co-production between Georgia, Germany, France, Hungary and Kazakhstan, George Ovashvili's artfully austere drama contains barely a dozen lines of dialogue, with long silences in between. -- Despite its daunting aura of stern arthouse rigor, Corn Island turns out to be an immersive sensory pleasure with a strong emotional pay-off.
Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter


Director: Giorgi Ovašvili

Screenplay: Nugzar Šataidze, Giorgi Ovašvili & Roelof Jan Minneboo
Cast: Ilias Salmani, Mariam Buturišvili, Irakli Samušia, Tamar Leventi
Production: Nino Devdariani, Eike Goreczka, Guillaume de Seille, Karla Stojáková, Sain Gabdullin / An Alamdary Film, 42film, Arizona Productions, Axman Production, Kazakhfilm
Print: Pascale Ramonda

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