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The President (2014)

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A brutal dictator comes face to face with the injustices committed by his regime when his country is taken over by revolutionists.

Director:

Mohsen Makhmalbaf

Writers:

Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Marzieh Makhmalbaf (as Marziyeh Meshkiny)
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Credited cast:
Mikheil Gomiashvili Mikheil Gomiashvili ... President / Your Majesty / Grandad (as Misha Gomiashvili)
Dachi Orvelashvili Dachi Orvelashvili ... Grandson / Your Royal Highness
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Leo Antadze ... Colonel
Zura Begalishvili Zura Begalishvili ... Barber
Elene Bezarashvili Elene Bezarashvili ... Younger daughter
Guja Burduli Guja Burduli ... Political Prisoner - singer
Tornike Bziava ... The soldier
Davit Davishvili Davit Davishvili ... Marshall
Kakha Gabelaia Kakha Gabelaia ... Tortured Political Prisoner
Gia Gogishvili Gia Gogishvili ... Groom
Nika Gordeziani Nika Gordeziani ... Soldier
Tekla Javakhadze Tekla Javakhadze ... Bride
Lasha Kankava Lasha Kankava ... Army Officer
Avto Karashvili Avto Karashvili ... Man Who Saw the President
Lazare Kervalishvili Lazare Kervalishvili ... Barber's son
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Storyline

The President is the story of a dictator of an imaginary country in the Caucasus, who is forced to escape following a coup d'état, and begins a journey to discover his country in the company of his five-year-old grandson. The two travel across the lands that the President once governed. Now, disguised as a street musician to avoid being recognized, the former dictator comes into contact with his people, which he comes to know from a different point of view. Written by AnonymousB

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Country:

Georgia | France | UK | Germany

Language:

Georgian

Release Date:

October 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Presidente See more »

Filming Locations:

Tbilisi, Georgia See more »

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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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When the president allows his grandson to command that the lights in neighborhoods surrounding their headquarters be deactivated at night time, not only do lights wired to the power grid go dark but also the headlights of motor vehicles which continue moving along as though their operators are not phased in the slightest by reduced visibility. Only the discharge of an electromagnetic pulse could potentially have such an effect, yet no reference is made such a methodology. See more »

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LA GLORIA
Performed by Gotan Project feat. Victor Hugo Morales
(P. Cohen Solal, E. Makaroff, C.H. Mueller)
Editions Science et Mélodie Publishing
© 2010 Ya Basta Records
Courtesy of Universal Music Vision
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A Great Polemic against dictators everywhere.
12 April 2017 | by t-dooley-69-386916See all my reviews

Set in a non existent country we meet El Presidente, or 'your Majesty' as he likes to be called. He is a nasty, self obsessed man who has surrounded himself with the trappings of any self respecting tyrant. His children are spoilt, he out corrupts the most corrupt and most of his fawning subjects hate his twisted guts.

Then the people just crack over his latest outrage and a revolution kicks off; as he has been detached from reality for so long he is unaware quite how bad things are and elects to stay to sort out the kerfuffle. His grandson – a mere boy- also wants to stay with him, and grandpops relents. Soon they are on their own and having to survive by their wits.

Now this is a film made in Georgian and the sub titles could have been better, but it has a momentum right from the start that just grips you and makes you want to go for the ride. The performances are excellent, the action sequences realistic and often brutal. The filth and detritus that we see as the plot unfolds can be quite moving too. Add to all of that a very humanist story and you get a well made, conceived and presented original piece of cinema.

The fact that this is a fictional country means, that it is not penned in by the constraints of history and so is free to concentrate on the human side of the story. This also means that we avoid political dogma and just see what extremism can do to people. Well worth a punt even if you are half curious as I strongly feel you will not be disappointed.


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