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51st Directors’ Fortnight May 15-25, 2019

Iko Shashvi Mgalobeli

Fortnight 1974, Feature film, 1h25


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.
Otar Iosseliani


Otar Iosseliani

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 ».

Gela Kandelaki
Gogi Chkheidze
Jansug Kakhidze

Otar Iosseliani

Abessalom Maisuradze

Production : GRUZIA FILMS (Studios de la République Soviétique de Géorgie)

Title in Original Version : Il Était Une Fois Un Merle Chanteur