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The story of self-taught Georgian painter Niko Pirosmani.


Giorgi Shengelaia (as Giorgi Shengelaya)


Erlom Akhvlediani, Giorgi Shengelaia (as Giorgi Shengelaya)
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Cast overview:
Avtandil Varazi Avtandil Varazi ... Niko Pirosmanishvili
Dodo Abashidze ... Kinto (as David Abashidze)
Zurab Kapianidze Zurab Kapianidze ... Ushangi (as Zura Qapianidze)
Teimuraz Beridze Teimuraz Beridze ... drug Pirosmanishvili
Boris Tsipuria ... Dimitriy
Kote Daushvili ... muzh sestri Pirosmanishvili (as Shota Daushvili)
Margo Gvaramadze Margo Gvaramadze ... (as Mariya Gvaramadze)
Nino Seturidze Nino Seturidze
Rosalia Mintshin Rosalia Mintshin ... (as Rozaliya Minchin)
Givi Aleksandria Givi Aleksandria ... (as Givi Aleqsandria)
Aleksandre Rekhviashvili Aleksandre Rekhviashvili ... (as Aleqsandre Rekhviashvili)
Amir Kakabadze Amir Kakabadze ... Lado


The story of self-taught Georgian painter Niko Pirosmani.

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Strange biopic is well worth watching
7 October 2007 | by Andy-296See all my reviews

This little known film is quite strange yet well worth watching. Made in 1969, it tells the story of one Nico Pirosmanishvilli or Pirosmani, a primitive Georgian painter, not very well known in the west, who lived at the turn of the last century. The movie shows his paintings (I must admit I was not terribly impressed by them), his proud poverty, his antisocial behavior. A lot of the movie is shot in sparse, mildly surreal tableaux. When he sets up a shop with his brother, for example, it is not located in the city, but in the middle of a plain. There are some fine shots of the old, dilapidated quarters of Tbilissi, where Pirosmani lived since middle age, barely making ends meet by painting in taverns. I don't know if there is a Caucasian school of film-making, but this film suggests a saner, decaffeinated Paradjanov (who, as a matter of fact, did film a short about Pirosmani).

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Russian | Georgian | French

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4 October 1974 (Finland) See more »

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