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Time Time153 mins
LanguageGeorgian
Repentance
Მონანიება

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 absurdist parable with wrenching drama. When the corpse of the recently deceased mayor of a small town is repeatedly disinterred, its citizens must face up to the horrors of their buried past. Abuladze’s poetic film is a powerful act of cinematic testimony, combining religious symbolism with knowing references to the various ghosts of 20th-century totalitarianism.

Directed by Tengiz Abuladze |
1987 |
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1987
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FIPRESCI Prize
Cannes Film Festival
1987
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Cannes Film Festival
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Chicago International Film Festival
1987
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Best Director
Nika Awards, Russia
1987
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Nika Awards, Russia
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