Grzeli nateli dgeebi | Nana Ekvtimishvili, Simon Gross, 2013
Georgia | Georgian with English subtitles | 102 minutes
It’s the early 90s in Tbilisi, the capital of the newly independent Georgia after the collapse of the Soviet Union. The country is facing war on the Black Sea coast (Abkhazia) and a plague of vigilante justice. But for Eka and Natia, inseparable 14-year-old friends, 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… Winner of the C.I.A.C.E. Jury Award at 2013 Berlin Film Festival. A Big World Pictures release.
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