Region in Focus: The Caucasus

Explore our collection of classic films from Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan.

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  • Some Interviews on Personal Matters

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    Directed by Lana Gogoberidze • 1978 • USSR/Georgia

    A pioneering work of feminist filmmaking from the legendary Lana Gogoberidze, Some Interviews on Personal Matters is one of the most vital films produced in Soviet Georgia. The iconic Sofiko Chiaureli (The Colour of Pomegranates) stars as a jour...

  • We Are Our Mountains

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    Directed by Henrik Malyan • 1969 • USSR/Armenia

    When a petty dispute over a lost sheep gets out of hand, a group of shepherds find their mountain idyll interrupted by the long arm of the law in Henrik Malyan’s cult Soviet satire, adapted from his own work by beloved Armenian author Hrant Matevos...

  • The Wishing Tree
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    The Wishing Tree

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    Directed by Tengiz Abuladze • 1976 • USSR/Georgia

    This adaptation of Giorgi Leonidze’s short stories sees twenty-two episodes coalesce into one phantasmagoric narrative. Set in pre-revolutionary Georgia, it follows a young woman forced into marriage by her village elders despite her love for ano...

  • Hello, It’s Me!
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    Hello, It’s Me!

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    Directed by Frunze Dovlatyan • 1966 • USSR/Armenia

    Based on the real-life story of Soviet physicist Artem Alikhanian, this film presents a beautiful yet tragic reflection on war, as the main character deals with his own ghosts and tries to find a way to move on. Moving freely between the 1940s a...

  • Autumn Sun
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    Autumn Sun

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    Directed by Bagrat Oganesyan • 1977 • USSR / Armenia

    Strikingly progressive and beautifully crafted, Bagrat Oganesyan’s Autumn Sun tells the story of Aghun (a bravado performance by the director’s own wife, Anahit Gukasyan), a simple woman forced to contend with the banal cruelties of the men wh...

  • Blue Mountains
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    Blue Mountains

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    Directed by Eldar Shengelaia • 1983 • USSR/Georgia

    This deft satire of Soviet bureaucracy from one of Georgian cinema’s great poets follows Soso, an aspiring novelist looking to publish his latest manuscript. It soon becomes apparent that the publishing house is staffed by a host of oblivious em...

  • An Unusual Exhibition

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    Directed by Eldar Shengalaia • 1968 • USSR/Georgia

    An Unusual Exhibition is a typically playful and melancholic work by one of Georgia’s best-loved directors. Charting the artistic frustration and romantic elation of Aguli, a down-on-his-luck sculptor forced to produce gravestones in order to su...

  • Look at These Young People!

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    Directed by Revaz Chkheidze • 1969 • USSR/Georgia

    It is the summer of 1941, and a group of idealistic Georgian students are graduating. Their hopes for the future, however, are scuppered by the impending war. Dreams are swapped for soldiers’ overcoats as they are dispatched to the front line, wh...

  • My Grandmother
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    My Grandmother

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    Directed by Kote Mikaberidze • 1929 • USSR/Georgia

    This explosive, wildly inventive, and criminally under-seen gem from Kote Mikaberidze burst out of Georgia in 1929. An absurdist satire of bureaucracy, the film follows the hapless Georgiy and his struggle to overcome a cruel administrative syst...

  • A Piece of Sky
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    A Piece of Sky

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    Directed by Henrik Malyan • 1980 • USSR/Armenia

    Nothing is easy for Torik, a shy orphan adopted by his aunt and uncle: he struggles to fit into village life, learn a craft, or find a wife. When Torik does fall in love – with Anjel, a local prostitute – he must face down the disapproval of his na...

  • The Plea
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    The Plea

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    Directed by Tengiz Abuladze • 1968 • USSR/Georgia

    Based on the works of the Georgian poet Vazha-Pshavela, this influential classic follows a Christian soldier in the Caucasus at the turn of the twentieth century. When he refuses to cut off his enemy’s hand, he is ostracised by his fellow village...

  • Repentance
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    Repentance

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    Directed by Tengiz Abuladze • 1987 • USSR/Georgia

    Tengiz Abuladze’s black comic allegory – the first instance of a Soviet filmmaker directly confronting the legacy of Stalin’s purges – caused a sensation when it first aired on Georgian television. Unfolding over two timelines, the film combines ...

  • There Once Was a Singing Blackbird

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    Directed by Otar Iosseliani • 1970 • USSR/Georgia

    This lyrical caper, shot in gorgeous, low contrast black and white, portrays 36 hours in the life of Gia: a young man still living with his mother and struggling to meet social and professional expectations. A talented percussionist in the Tbilis...

  • Jirtdan

    Directed by Aghanaghi Akhundov and Yalchin Efendiyev • 1969 • USSR/Azerbaijan

    Produced at the start of the golden age of Azerbaijani animation, Akhundov and Efendiyev’s Jirtdan (meaning “small” or “dwarf”) is a magical little treat in which the titular tiny hero and his brothers must outwit the ...

  • Jirtdan
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    Jirtdan

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    Directed by Aghanaghi Akhundov and Yalchin Efendiyev • 1969 • USSR/Azerbaijan

    Produced at the start of the golden age of Azerbaijani animation, Akhundov and Efendiyev’s Jirtdan (meaning “small” or “dwarf”) is a magical little treat in which the titular tiny hero and his brothers must outwit the ...