The 19th Busan International Film Festival Special Program in Focus introduces The Power of Georgian Women Filmmakers from October 2nd to 11th. This special program will present a total of 12 various works from female directors of a new generation that leads the âGeorgian New Wave’ following the pioneer work of Georgia’s first female director Nutsa Gogoberidze.
This year, the Busan International Film Festival established a special program devoted to Georgia in order to introduce newly emerged female directors and spotlight their significance in Georgian cinema history which is severed much like the nation’s rough history.
Georgia is a country with tumultuous history due to its bordering Russia, Turkey, and Armenia. Having been occupied by Czarist Russia and merged as a member of Soviet Union, Georgia finally became independent from Russia in 1991; however it is still struggling with financial crisis and civil war in the turbulent transition. Georgian films are receiving attention due to their unique flow and achievements different from recent Russian or European ones. Many of the films leading the âGeorgian New Wave’ are directed by new generation women filmmakers.
This year’s special program will showcase 12 films including A Story of Mountainous Racha directed in 1930 by the first female director in Georgia, Nutsa Gogoberidze. In addition to being the first Georgian female director, Nutsa Gogoberidze also initiated the female line of 3 generations of filmmakers. Her daughter Lana Gogoberidze directed Day is Longer than Nightintroduced at the Cannes International Film Festival; her granddaughter Salome Alexi is currently working as a producer and director. The opportunity to watch works from all the three women in the family line will be presented in Busan this year and other films from different Georgian female directors will also show the advancement of Georgian cinema. The Power of Georgian Women Filmmakers is not only significant for showing films directed by women but this is an opportunity to show social issues, contradiction, discrimination and conflict seen in Georgia through 12 films by female directors. Regardless of gender, the new cinematic aesthetics of Georgian films will be delivered to audiences.