[Marxism] In Bloom

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Jan 29 13:20:19 MST 2014

This really excellent film made in the former Soviet republic of Georgia 
opens soon in Los Angeles. Not to be missed.

Georgia's Official Entry for the Best Foreign Language Film - 86th 
Academy Awards®


(Grzeli nateli dgeebi)

A film by Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Gross

Opens in Los Angeles on February 7

Filmmakers are available for interviews

Big World Pictures is proud to present the US Theatrical release of IN 
BLOOM, an award-winning film co-directed by Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon 
Gross. Georgia’s Official Entry for the Best Foreign Language Film, IN 
BLOOM will open at Laemmle Music Hall in Beverly Hills and Playhouse 7 
in Pasadena on February 7, 2014. A national release will follow.

IN BLOOM premiered at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival, where 
it won the C.I.C.A.E. prize. The film went on to screen at a number of 
international film festivals picking up multiple prizes along the way, 
including the Special Jury Prize at the Montreal Film Festival and the 
FIPRESCI prize and Golden Firebird in Hong Kong. In US, the film 
screened at the Hamptons International Film Festival and at AFI Fest in 
Los Angeles, where it won the New Auteurs Award for Personal 
Storytelling. IN BLOOM has been selected to screen at the upcoming Palm 
Springs International Film Festival in January 2014.

IN BLOOM, the directorial debut of Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Gross, 
is inspired by Nana's personal memories of her youth in the troubled 
early 1990s in Georgia. The film follows inseparable friends Eka and 
Natia, both fourteen years old and at the end of their childhood in the 
early nineties Tbilisi, the capital of the newly independent Georgia 
after the collapse of the Soviet Union. The country is facing violence, 
war on the Black Sea coast (Abkhazia) and vigilante justice that plague 
society. But for Eka and Natia, life just unfolds: in the street, at 
school, with friends or elder sisters who are already dealing with male 
dominance, early marriage and disillusioned love. For these two girls in 
bloom, life just goes on...

Big World Pictures’ president Jonathan Howell noted: “Anyone who thinks 
there are no surprises left in the coming-of-age genre needs to see this 
film. In addition to a powerful evocation of time and place never before 
captured in a film, the story is gripping from beginning to end, and the 
two leads are true discoveries, inhabiting their roles in utterly 
convincing performances.”

2013  102 min  In Georgian with English subtitles

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