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STREET DAYS (Quchis Dgeebi)

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STREET DAYS (Quchis Dgeebi)

Director: Levan Koguashvili
Georgia   |   2010   |   86 minutes
Georgian, with subtitles in English
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FILM INFORMATION

Georgia’s official submission to the 2010 Academy Awards

Synopsis A middle-aged, unemployed heroin-addict, Checkie, loiters on the Tbilisi street outside his son’s school, where he himself was once a promising student. His wife, meanwhile, struggles to pay the tuition and understand her husband’s lack of interest in the family’s survival—even as the bank repossesses their furniture. But when a group of policemen blackmails Checkie into entrapping the son of his wealthy friend, husband and wife are unified by the uncertainty of their deepening moral dilemma, and a series of worsening foul-ups, in Levan Koguashvili’s lightly humorous yet realistic drama about the fate of a generation left behind in Georgia’s post-Soviet era.

About the Director Levan Koguashvili was born in Georgia in 1973. He began his studies at the State Institute of Film and Theatre in Tbilisi, and then worked as a journalist for independent television after civil war broke out in Georgia. In 2002, he enrolled in the Tisch School of the Art’s graduate film program at New York University. His 2006 short film, The Debt, was an Official Selection of the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, and his documentary, Women from Georgia, was selected for the Panorama section of the 2009 Sarajevo Film Festival. Street Days is his first feature film.

Available Screening Formats 35mm, DVD. Digibeta available upon request.

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DVD Release Date: May 2012

Featured in the Global Lens 2011 film series.



CAST

Checkie - Guga Kotetishvili
Ika - Irakli Ramishvili
Jaba - George Kipshidze
Tengo - Zura Begalishvili
Sano - Zaza Salia
Nini - Ruso Kobiashvili
Jaba’s father - Leo Antadze
School Principal - Lia Gudadze

CREW

Director - Levan Koguashvili
Writers - Levan Koguashvili, Boris Frumin, Nikoloz Marr
Executive Producer - Ketevan Machavariani
Producers - Archil Gelovani, Gia Bazgadze, Levan Korinteli
Director of Photography - Archil Akhvlediani
Editor - Nodar Nozadze
Sound - Paata Godziahsvili
Music - Rezo Kiknadze
REVIEWS

“…in the gritty, low-key realism of its strong performances, "Street" finds an absorbing mix of comic anguish and twisted hope -- especially in the devastating self-knowledge of Kotetishvili's gaze.” –Hollywood Reporter

“Georgian cinema has a new star in director Levan Koguashvili, whose superb neorealist drama, "Street Days," is just the calling card the beleaguered country needs. Stylistically and thematically reminiscent of new Romanian cinema, the pic plumbs the contentious, corrupt and crumbling social landscape of Georgia's capital, Tbilisi, while following a down-at-the-heels heroin addict struggling to protect a friend's son from corrupt cops. Lensed with impressive assurance and boasting powerful perfs from a combo of established pros and non-pros, "Street Days" looks poised to lead a Georgian renaissance spearheaded by fests and advancing into the arthouse circuit.” –Variety

“Levan Koguashvili’s feature debut is a well-crafted, hard-edged look at life in contemporary Tblisi which is much more refined and profound than the scenes of ethnic strife which 24-hour-news organisations loop from Georgia.” –Screen Daily

“Mr. Koguashvili and his director of photography, Archil Akhvlediani, use the narrow streets and weathered buildings of Tbilisi, the Georgian capital, to great pictorial effect.” –The New York TImes

FESTIVALS & AWARDS

2010
Tiger Award, ROTTERDAM INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Rosebud Section, EDINBURGH FILM FESTIVAL
Golden Lily; Best Film, goEAST FILM FESTIVAL
Focus on World Cinema, MONTREAL WORLD FILM FESTIVAL
Tolerance Award, EUROPEAN FILM FESTIVAL PALIC
LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
GÖTEBORG INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
MOSCOW INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
DURBAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

2011
INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ROTTERDAM
GASPARILLA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
SCOTTSDALE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
CLEVELAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL


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