Winter Song

Film stills

– Kokios bėdos, jaunuoli?

– Kultūrinės.

Some resemblances are disturbing. That between a guillotined viscount, pipe in his mouth, during the Terror; an army chaplain with a tattooed chest like a gangster, mass-baptizing soldiers, looters and rapists; a Parisian tramp flattened by a steamroller; and a highly educated concierge – but also an arms dealer – of an upscale building. Amid all this chaos, there appear dreams, love stories and solid friendships that perhaps allow us to hope that tomorrow will be better than today.

Locarno International Film Festival – in competition.

Otar Iosseliani

Otar Iosseliani was born in 1934 in Tbilisi, Georgia. He studied Music and Math before taking a Directing course in 1955 at the VGIK Film School in Moscow. The internationally acclaimed filmmaker began making films in Georgia in the 60s and 70s. Unwilling to put up with Soviet censorship, he emigrated to France in 1979 where he lives until now. His first feature, Falling Leaves, was presented at the Cannes Critics Week in 1967, where it won the FIPRESCI prize. In his next two features, Once Upon a Time There Was a Singing Blackbird (1970) and The Summer in the Country (1975) his film language reached new heights. His most famous works include Farewell, Home Sweet Home (1999), Monday Morning (2002) and Gardens in Autumn (2006).