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Etero, a 48-year-old Georgian woman living a simple life, is known for her independence. She has never married, bears no children, and has run the same small shop in her village all her life. However, when an impromptu affair strikes between herself and the kind-eyed detergent delivery driver in her shop, Etero experiences romance for the first time in her 48 years, and sees this push against her lifelong plea for independence. As the other older women in her village eat cakes and gossip about her strange chosen singularity, Etero retains her strength, weakened only by the love she feels in her involvement in her secret lover. Georgian filmmaker Elena Naveriani brings light to women often overlooked. Blackbird, Blackbird, Blackberry is based on a novel of the same namesake by Georgian author and feminist Tamta Melashvili.

The spellbinding sensibilities of Blackbird Blackbird Blackberry are a treat to behold.
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Director
Cast

Eka Chavleishvili, Temiko Chinchinadze, Pikria Nikabadze, Anka Khurtsidze, Tamar Mdinaradze

Credits
Country of Origin

Georgia/Switzerland

Year

2023

Series

Panorama

Language

In Georgian with English subtitles

Film Contact
18+
110 min
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Credits

Producer

Thomas Reichlin, Britta Rindelaub, Ketie Daniela

Screenwriter

Nikoloz Mdivani, Elene Naveriani

Cinematography

Agnesh Pakozdi

Editor

Aurora Franco Vögeli

Production Design

Teo Baramidze

Director

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Elena Naveriani

Elene Naveriani is a Georgian director now living in Switzerland. They graduated from the Tbilisi State Academy of Art in monumental painting in 2003. After a Master in Critical Curatorial Cybermedia at the HEAD – Geneva (Geneva School of Art and Design), they start their studies in Cinema. Their graduation short film Gospel of Anasyrma (2014) was acclaimed for their distinctive signature and stance. Elene’s work is one that makes invisible stories visible, that makes unheard voices heard and creates a space for marginalized lives. Elene practices a cinema of resistance. In 2021, their second feature film Wet Sand made its World Premiere in Locarno in August 2021 and earned the Best Actor’s Prize. Elene is currently developing two further feature projects.

Filmography: I Am Truly a Drop of Sun on Earth (2017); Wet Sand (2021)

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