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Chemi bednieri ojakhi

My Happy Family

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Manana tears open the windows of her new flat and won’t be closing them again. Distant street noises, cheerful birdsong and the gentle sound of the wind form the soundtrack to her new life. The 52-year-old has left her family, without justifying her actions, without any arguments. There doesn’t seem to be any fixed reason for her having moved out. When she’s asked why, she doesn’t say anything and thus turns the question around. It’s more family structures themselves from which Manana wishes to extricate herself. The roles you have to play, the functions you have to take on so that things keep running smoothly, but which also lead to your going under or becoming invisible. Now Manana sits at the open window, playing the guitar and singing Georgian songs, whose melancholy rhythm infuses the film. Whenever she happens to return to the family home, everything seems just as she left it: the grandmother is roasting a chicken, the grandfather is contemplating death, the adult children are waiting for their lives to finally begin, her husband Soso is chain-smoking and the wardrobe continues to squeak.

by
Nana & Simon

Germany / Georgia / France 2017

Georgian

120 min · Colour

With

Ia Shugliashvili (Manana)
Merab Ninidze (Soso)
Berta Khapava (Lamara)
Tsisia Qumsishvili (Nino)
Giorgi Khurtsilava (Vakho)
Giorgi Tabidze (Lasha)
Goven Cheishvili (Otar)
Dimitri Oragvelidze (Rezo)

Crew

Director
Nana & Simon
Screenplay
Nana Ekvtimishvili
Director of Photography
Tudor Vladimir Panduru
Editor
Stefan Stabenow
Sound Design
Paata Godziashvili
Sound
Andreas Hildebrandt
Production Design
Kote Japharidze
Producers
Jonas Katzenstein, Augenschein Filmproduktion, Maximilian Leo, Augenschein Filmproduktion, Simon Groß, Polare Film, Nana Ekvtimishvili, Polare Film, Guillaume de Seille, Arizona Film

Biography

Nana Ekvtimishvili

Born in 1978 in Tbilisi, Georgia. She studied Acting and Screenwriting at the Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf in Potsdam. In 2012, she and Simon Groß founded the production company Polare Film.

Filmography

2007 Dakarguli Khmeleti (Lost Mainland); 22 min. 2011 Deda (Waiting for Mum); 8 min. 2013 Grzeli nateli dgeebi (In Bloom); 102 min., Berlinale Forum 2013 2017 Chemi bednieri ojakhi (My Happy Family)

Simon Groß

Born in Berlin in 1976. He studied Directing at the University of Television and Film Munich. With Marc Wächter, he founded the production company Indiz Film in Germany, and with Nana Ekvtimishvili, he started Polare Films in Georgia.

Filmography (selection)

1998 Sündenfall (Fall of Man); 19 min. 2001 Nachtrausch (Elated by Night); 13 min. 2007 Fata Morgana; 90 min. 2013 Grzeli nateli dgeebi (In Bloom); 102 min., Berlinale Forum 2013 2017 Chemi bednieri ojakhi (My Happy Family)

Produced by

Augenschein Filmproduktion
Köln, Germany
+49 221 16950500

Polare Film
Tiflis, Georgia

Arizona Productions
Paris, France

World sales

Memento Films
Paris, France
+33 1 53349020