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Neighbors

DirectorGigisha Abashidze
ProducerLasha Khalvashi – Artizm, Tinatin Kajrishvili – Gemini; Small Moves Films
WriterGigisha Abashidze, Ioseb ‘Soso’ Bliadze
CameraDejan Dimeski
EditorNodar Nozadze
CastTornike Gogrichiani, Ia Sukhitashvili, George Bochorishvili, Nino Koridze, Temur Tchitchinadze, Marlen Ebutia, Eka Mzhavanadze
SoundIgor Popovski
Original TitleMEZOBLEBI
Year2018
Length90 min
CountryGeorgia/North Macedonia
SubtitlesEnglish
SectionCurrent Relevant Cinema
ScreeningFriday 8 November | 19:15 hours | Filmhuis Den Haag
Saturday 9 November | 21:45 hours | Filmhuis Den Haag

Beautiful Old Tbilisi where neighbours still live together. One day a big investor appears. A touching story about transition and how money can affect even the strongest friendships and closest families.

Synopsis

Lifelong friends and neighbours, who live in one of the yards of Old Tbilisi, turn into enemies when an investor shows up to buy their houses. He wants to buy everything and build office buildings – but for this plan to succeed, everyone has to agree. This compelling, well-acted and precisely directed film ponders whether the illusion of getting rich quickly can influence people and destroy friendships and family ties.

Director’s bio

Grigol (Gigisha) Abashidze graduated Shota Rustaveli Theatre and Film Georgia State University Film and TV Faculty in 2012. Since then he has made several short feature and documentary films and worked as a screenwriter. Filmography: Lesson, 2013, short | Nika the “Parrot”, 2011, short | Entrance Hall, 2010, short | Monday, 2010, short | Roses, 2009, short | Taxi Drivers, 2009, documentary | Spineless, 2017 | Neighbors, 2018, feature film

Festivals & Awards (selection)

Molodist Kyiv International Film Festival, 2019 – Special Jury Diploma | Montreal World Film Festival, 2018 – International Premiere | Cottbus Film Festival, 2018 | Golden Apricot, Yerevan 2019 | goEast, Wiesbaden 2019 | Sofia Meetings/Sofia International Film Festival, 2014 – Best Project | Tbilisi International Film Festival – 2014 Best Project, 2018 International Competition