Directed by Tengiz Abuladze
breakthrough, post-Glasnost film from Georgia; a brilliant visual representation of the
Soviet trauma. Dreams, nightmares and absurdist comedy mix in this allegory of the mayor
of a small Georgian village who won't stay dead. Winner of a Special Jury Prize at Cannes,
this tragic phantasmagoria blends surrealist dreams, magic and doublespeak ("It is
hard to catch a black cat in a dark room. Especially if there is no cat.") in an Orwellian depiction of the Soviet "wonderland." A milestone.
"...Powerful... savagely brilliant..." - The Los Angeles
Times. "Startling... a fine and accomplished
work..." - The New York Times. With Avtandil
Makharadze and Iya Ninidze. Georgian and Russian with English subtitles.