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Khibula

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A man who was once the hope of a new country sets out on a journey to regain power. Yet a restless flight won't save him from his fate.

Synopsis

A man elected by his people to become the head of a newly independent country is ousted a short time later by a coup d´état. He flees into the mountains where loyal troops are rumored to be waiting for him, the plan being to emerge from exile and retake power. As he follows his guards into the mountains in order to regroup with his true followers and bring about a return to the glory days, he is initially full of hope. But the journey turns out to be a restless one between trust and mistrust, hope and despair. His dreams blend with reality as his feelings of insecurity grow. Finally, he is forced to face his fate.

"Examination of humanity and power."
SCREEN DAILY

"Ovashvili has accumulated an impressive command of all the elements in his cinematic toolbox."
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

"Rewarding experience."
CINEUROPA

"A mood piece of stately cinematography and a psychological rumination on the downfall of power."
THE CALVERT JOURNAL

"Beautifully crafted piece of art."
THE PRAGUE REPORTER

 

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Director: George Ovashvili
Genre: drama
Original title: Khibula
English title: Khibula
Country of production: Georgia, Germany, France
Year of production: 2017
Length: 98 min
Color: color
Shooting format: 35mm
Screening format: DCP (1:2,39, spherical) Dolby 5.1, 24fps, non-encrypted)
Original language: Georgian

Subtitles: English
Cast: Hossein Mahjoob, Kishvard Manvelishvili, Nodar Dzidziguri, Zurab Antelava
Scriptwriter: Roelof-Jan Minneboo
Director of photography: Enrico Lucidi
Editor: Sun-Min Kim
Sound design: Johannes Doberenz
Music: Joseph Bardanashvili
Producers: George Ovashvili, Eike Goreczka, Christoph Kukula, Guillaume de Seille
Co-producers: Alexander Bohr
Production company: Alamdary, 42film, Arizona Productions
Co-production company: ZDF/Arte TV

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Festivals / Awards

Karlovy Vary IFF, Czech Republic – Official CompetitionWorld Premiere
Ostend Film Festival, Belgium
HAIFA IFF, Israel
Golden Apricot, Armenia
Batumi International Arhouse Film Festival, Georgia
Film by the Sea, The Netherlands
Al Este del Plata Film Festival, Argentina – Official CompetitionSpecial Mention For Best Directing
São Paulo International Film Festival, Brazil
Cottbus Film Festival, Germany – Feature Film Competition
International Bosphorus Film Festival, Turkey – International Feature Film Competition
Cairo International Film Festival, Egypt
Goa International Film Festival, India – ICFT-UNESCO Gandhi Medal Competition
Umeå European Film Festival, Sweden
International Film Festival of Kerala, India
Serendipity Arts Festival, India
Sofia IFF, Bulgaria

 

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