What Do We See When We Look at the Sky?

Ras vkhedavt, rodesac cas vukurebt?

Contemporary World Cinema

What do we see when we look at our lover? And our lover, looking back, do they see us? In Alexandre Koberidze’s enchanting second feature (after Let the Summer Never Come Again), Lisa and Giorgi are destined to fall in love, but no sooner do they meet and set a date than they are cursed to begin again, reincarnated. Unrecognizable even to themselves, they wander the modern, ancient city of Kutaisi, Georgia, and start to construct new, parallel lives. Can love draw these strangers back together?

A mischievous, magical realist fairy tale, wryly narrated by Koberidze himself, What Do We See When Look at the Sky? is not so much engaged in plot mechanics as it is enamored by the peculiarities and possibilities of place. Playful and discursive, the film is as invested in—and enraptured by—stray dogs, music, children, and soccer games (it’s set during the 1990 World Cup) as it is in the progress of Giorgi and Lisa. At one point, Koberidze asks us to close our eyes for a spell, an invitation which—if accepted—seals this delicious movie’s bewitching spell.

FIPRESCI Award, Berlin 2021

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Includes a recorded Q&A with Director Alexandre Koberidze. Please note that recorded Q&A's will only be available on VIFF Connect.

Canadian premiere
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Alexandre Koberidze

 
Cast
Ani Karseladze, Giorgi Bochorishvili, Oliko Barbakadze, Giorgi Ambroladze, Vakhtang Panchulidze
Producer Mariam Shatberashvili
Screenwriter Alexandre Koberidze
Cinematographer Faraz Fesharaki
Editor Alexandre Koberidze
Production Design Maka Jebirashvili
Production Company Deutsche Film- & Fernsehakademie Berlin (DFFB)
Contact Mubi
Germany/Georgia 2021 150 min. In Georgian Trailer | Review | Review | Official Website
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Director

After studying microeconomy and film production in Tbilisi, Alexandre Koberidze moved to Berlin and studied directing at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (DFFB). During his studies, he directed several successful short films, starting with his short Colophon (2015) that gained critical plaudits at the Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen. His first feature Let the Summer Never Come Again (2017) won multiple awards at many festivals worldwide, including the Grand Prix at FID Marseille.


Filmography
Let the Summer Never Come Again (2017)