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Gamodi

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World Premiere

In Tbilisi, Georgia, an apartment tower sits in a liminal state, its construction halted at a critical juncture by the global pandemic. In its shadowy alcoves, Viktor (Matt Shally), a legendary drag queen, and Tarzan (Maqzime Rauch), a teenage drifter, have embraced their collective purgatorial languor, subsisting on brief instances of intimacy. While intermittent television reports apprise them of developments from the outside world, it’s increasingly unclear whether they’re still inhabiting this plane of existence.

The first solo directorial effort from multihyphenate Felix Kalmenson (of the acclaimed Pejvak artist collective), Gamodi employs stunning chiaroscuro, exacting compositions, and intriguing sound design to conjure a legitimately dreamlike milieu. Practically every pristine shot in Kalmenson’s poetic fable invites admiration and rewards careful examination. Equally informed by the material and spiritual, Gamodi casts an enthralling spell as it unfurls, and lingers in the subconscious long after it draws to its haunting close.

 

October 3 & 5: Q&A with director Felix Kalmenson

 

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Director
Cast

Matt Shally, Maqsime Rauch, Luka Chachxiani

Credits
Country of Origin

Canada/Georgia

Year

2023

Series

Panorama

Language

In English and Georgian with English subtitles

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18+
98 min
Drama LGBTQIA2S+

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Credits

Executive Producer

Felix Kalmenson

Producer

Felix Kalmenson, Ketevan Kipiani, Alexandre Jordania

Screenwriter

Felix Kalmenson, Ana Gzirishvili

Cinematography

Zarina Kodzati

Editor

Sasha Putsyato

Original Music

Manana Menabde

Art Director

Polina Zhurovkova

Director

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Felix Kalmenson

Felix Kalmenson (b. Saint Petersburg, Russia, 1987) is a non-binary Canadian artist and filmmaker. Their films have screened in numerous international film festivals including at São Paulo International Film Festival, Doclisboa, Sharjah Film Platform, and Kasseler Dokfest , winning awards including the Prix George at Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur, 2020. Many of their works are made in collaboration with artist and filmmaker Rouzbeh Akhbari under the collective name ‘Pejvak’.

Filmography: Threshold (2020)

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