Directed by Eldar Shengelaia • 2017 • Georgia
Shengelaia’s first film for 21 years is a late-career return to form that picks up the threads of his earlier satires and reconfigures them for the modern day. Minister for Refugee Evictions Giorgi Mchedlishvili (Nika Tavadze) sees his comfortable life turned upside down following a humiliating election defeat. As Giorgi clings to the trappings of power and tensions grow between him and his daughter (Nato Jugheli), his office chair begins to take on a life of its own, with outrageous consequences. This piquant comedy shows the same sharp eye for bureaucratic absurdity and petty politics that invigorated the director’s Soviet-era classics.
THE CHAIR • სავარძელი
Directed by Eldar Shengelaia
Written by Eldar Shengelaia and Giorgi Tskhvediani
Cinematography by Gorka Gómez Andreu
Starring: Nika Tavadze, Nineli Chankvetadze, Nato Jugheli
In Georgian with English subtitles