Iko Shashvi Mgalobeli
It’s a film about social moral, instead of a moralist film. The topic is both simple and serious. It’s the story of a boy, a musician from the percussion section of the Tbilissi philharmonic orchestra. This boy hesitates between two emergencies : fulfilling his social and professional functions , and being available for his friends and human relationships. He lives « naturally », that is to say he feels he has to be more available to his friends than to work, on which he fails to focus.
This is first and foremost the depiction of the pleasant life of a pleasant character.
Born in Tbilissi in 1934, he gets into the WGIK, cinema school of Moscow, after math studies. Back in Tbilissi, he works at the Gruzia Films Studios and directs several short films between 1964 and 1966, and his first long feature in 1969, « Giorgobistve ».
Title in Original Version : Il Était Une Fois Un Merle Chanteur