Detroit Film Theatre


IN BLOOM

Saturday, March 29, 2014

7:00 PM Detroit Film Theatre

 (Georgia/Germany/France/2013—directed by Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Gross)
 
It’s the early 1990s in Tbilisi, the capital of the newly independent Georgia, following the collapse of the Soviet Union. The country is facing violence of all kinds: war on the Black Sea coast and recurring attempts at vigilante justice that plague society. But for schoolgirls Eka and Natia, fourteen-year-old inseparable friends (revelatory performances from Lika Babluani and Mariam Bokeria), life just unfolds: in the street, at school, with friends or elder sisters who are already dealing with men’s traditional dominance, early marriage and disillusioned love. For these two girls in bloom, life holds surprises at every turn. Winner of the “New Auteur Special Award” at the recent AFI Fest in Los Angeles, for what the jury cited as “fiction filmmaking infused with and bolstered by the truth.” Prizes for Best Film and Best Actress (dual award to both stars), Sarajevo Film Festival. In Georgian with English subtitles. (102 min.)
 
“A classy and absorbing directorial debut built around superb, radiant performances from its two young leads.” –Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter  
 
“Absorbing and intelligent… smoothly weaves its numerous plotlines together to suggest the intricate fabric of these people’s intertwined lives.” –Leslie Felperin, Variety