January 01, 2004


“Even if someone feels sad after watching my films, they are fundamentally happy and bright. I know it.”

Otar Ioseliani

Otar Ioseliani, who turns 70 on February 2, might be one of the world’s most unconventional film directors. He defines his films as “abstract comedies.” Full of intelligent irony, absurd to the point of being surreal, his films resemble dreams. Sometimes they are silent dreams, with only occasional dialogue, and unrestrained, freely-wandering plots. Unfolding amidst diverse cultural contexts – Soviet, émigré, Georgian, Russian, French – Ioseliani’s reality is without borders.

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