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Simindis kundzuli (2014)

The river creates and the river destroys in an eternal cycle that even man can't escape.

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George Ovashvili
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Cast overview:
Ilyas Salman Ilyas Salman ... Old man
Mariam Buturishvili Mariam Buturishvili ... Girl
Irakli Samushia Irakli Samushia ... Soldier
Tamer Levent Tamer Levent ... Abkhazian oficer
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Swollen up by the spring inundation, the river falls down on the lowlands and before eventually throwing rocks and silts in the sea, gathers them here and there in the middle of the river. In several days, even sometimes overnight, in these shoals rather large islands are created. Soil of such an island is rich and fertile. An old man and his young granddaughter decide to grow corn on this island. But soldiers pass by.

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Georgian | Abkhazian | Russian

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17 September 2014 (Georgia) See more »

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Corn Island See more »

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€1,500,000 (estimated)
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2.39:1
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In order to find the location for this movie, the filmmakers had been looking for a real island for two years. Eventually, they realised it would be too complicated and too dangerous to film on such a place. Instead, they built the island on an artificial lake, where they could control the water level to some extent, director George Ovashvili revealed in an interview. See more »

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Nature in Cinema
16 January 2015 | by Sanser GuzSee all my reviews

George Ovashvili's Corn Island is an auteuristic work that finds its balance between men and nature. Through the lives of an Abkhazian grandfather and his granddaughter, we find our place in the cycle of life. First you work the soil to feed yourself, then when you die you become part of the nature. This cycle reminds me of a Kim Ki-Duk film "Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring" which is a brilliant film that attains nature from its characters' lives.

An Abkhazian peasant (Ilyas Salman) and his granddaughter (Mariam Buturishvili) are living on one of many islands created by Enguri River, the river stands as boundary between Abkhazia and Georgia. As they try to harvest enough corn to survive the winter, conflicts from outer world affects their lives. Girl finds a wounded soldier who have hidden himself in the corn plants. Old man and his granddaughter helps and hides him while his enemies searches for him. Conflict between two small groups of soldiers is an effective use of minimalism on clashes between Abkhazia and Georgia. But the film does not touch political issues, it takes the subject with an artistic point of view.

Old man has a lot of resemblances with titular character of Akira Kurosawa's "Dersu Uzala" as they both are living close to nature and away from "human". That made the watching interesting for me as I like Dersu Uzala and I think secluded characters are profound features of a film in terms of spirituality.

Generally I think director/co-screenwriter George Ovashvili take inspiration from directors Akira Kurosawa, Kim Ki-Duk and Jean Renoir (La Grande Illusion). Film has nearly no dialogue yet the cinematography of the film by Elemér Ragályi seemed like it was talking with images, I think Ragályi has a style close to Emmanuel Lubezki and Christian Berger.

It is not a masterpiece but this slow-burning film has a somber beauty, art-house fans will like it.


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