Georgian cinematography started as early as 1908 with the first Georgian films being documentaries by Vasily Amashukeli and Alexander Digmelov.
Georgian cinema which emerged in the Soviet era was famous for being able to avoid the dreaded official style of social-realism creating films with humour and metaphor, often informed by Georgia’s rich literary and artistic heritage.
A new generation of acclaimed Georgian filmmakers, including Zaza Urushadze, Rusudan Gluridjze, and Levan Akin continue to shine at international festivals, creating films seated in cultural memory, which engage with trauma and contemporary issues of self and nation.
‘Georgian film is a completely unique phenomenon, vivid, philosophically inspiring, very wise, childlike. It has everything that can make me cry.’