In Bloom

(Grzeli nateli dgeebi)
(France, Georgia, Germany, 2013, 102 mins, DCP)
North American Premiere
CAST Lika Babluani, Mariam Bokeria, Zurab Gogaladze, Data Zakareishvili, Ana Nijaradze
PRODS Marc Wächter, Simon Gross
SCR Nana Ekvtimishvili
CAM Oleg Mutu
ED Stefan Stabenow
PROD DES Konstantine Japaridze
PROD CO Indiz Film / Polare Film / Arizona Films
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It’s the early 90s in Tbilisi, capital of the newly independent Georgia. The Soviet Union having collapsed, the country is facing chaos: a war on the Black Sea coast, violence and vigilante justice plaguing the streets of the city. Screenwriter and co-director (with Simon Gross) Nana Ekvtimishvili draws on her personal memories of growing up at this difficult time to fashion this superb debut feature about two 14-year-old girls caught up in the turmoil.

Eka and Natia (Lika Babluani and Mariam Bokeria, respectively, both excellent) are inseparable friends living with their families in crumbling high-rise apartments. Though their world appears to be coming apart at the seams, the two of them are interested in the same things most 14-year-olds are: classroom gossip, the neighbourhood boys and their growing awareness of their own sexuality and power. Things change when Natia is forced into marrying against her will…

"An impressive coming-of-age feature about female friendship, fatal feuds and family friction in post-Soviet Georgia…[that] has the texture of authentic experience… Built around radiant performances from its two young leads, In Bloom is… subtly interwoven with thriller elements and a gently pro-feminist message about young girls defying ancient patriarchal traditions… The languid camera work of veteran Romanian New Wave cinematographer Oleg Mutu also merits a mention, painting Tbilisi in chilly blues and warm browns, like vintage tinted postcards…"—Stephen Dalton, Hollywood Reporter

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Memento Films International
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