started to think about the film in the early 1970s. A near-fatal car accident in the early 1980s then convinced Tengiz Abuladze
to start shooting the film. He was encouraged by Eduard Shevardnadze
who at that time was the first secretary of the Georgian Communist Party and who offered a special and uncensored slot on Georgian television for the film. During the shooting of the film the actor Gega Kobakhidze was arrested for being involved in the hijacking of Aeroflot Flight 6833. Production was temporarily halted, and was resumed several months later with Merab Ninidze
replacing Kobakhidze. See more
After Varlam's corpse has been reburied the second time, an iron cage is placed over his grave to protect it from further intrusion. But as the perpetrator starts to exhume him for the third time, there is no cage. See more
On behalf of everyone who was unjustly punished, I demand that Varlam Aravidze be dug up from his grave by his own relatives.
I protest! All you've heard here is a lie and slander!
Slander? Prove that it's a slander!
You mean that the deceased should not be buried?
No, you must not bury him! Let the carrion crows tear him to pieces! Burying him means forgiving him, shutting our eyes to everything he had perpetrated. I publicly declare once again: If you don't dig him up, I will get him, I will not ...