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History of Georgian cinema

The Suram Fortress (1922)

The Suram Fortress (Suramis tsikhe) (Georgian: სურამის ციხე, Russian: Сурамская крепость) is a 1922 Soviet Georgian adventure film directed by Ivan Perestiani, based on Daniel Chonkadze’s novel with the same title.

Durmishkhani, an illegitimate child of a serf woman was brutally taken away from his mother. Lately he meets Vardua, a young maidservant. They fall in love and want to marry. Vardua helps him to go to a business trip to make some money. Durmishkhani meets a rich merchant Osman Aga. After some time Durmishkhani marries other girl and becomes Osman Aga’s heir. Vardua gets to know this all and decides to take revenge.

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History of Georgian cinema

Eliso (1928)

Eliso is a 1928 Soviet silent adventure film directed by Nikoloz Shengelaia and loosely based on the short story by Alexander Kazbegi. It was made in the Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic.

It was released in the United States in 1929 by Amkino under the alternative title of Caucasian Love.

The Emperor’s Government is trying to find the pretext to evict the Chechen people from their homes and resettle the area with the Cossacks. The population sends a letter to the Governor asking him to rescind the decision about their deportation. Seidula who is nothing but a crook, makes up a false letter in which the Chechens approve their deportation and then assure illiterate peasants to prove heir consent with their own fingerprints. The beguiled people are being deported to Turkey as a result. Chechen Eliso is in love with Vajia from Khevsureti (Georgia). Before her deportation desperate Eliso puts the empty village on fire. Vajia manages somehow to have the general annul the order of deportation, but it’s already too late.

Director: Nikoloz Shengelaya
Screenplays: Nikoloz Shengelaya, Sergei Tretiakov
Director of Photography: Vladimer Kereselidze
Production Design: Dimitri Shevardnadze
Music: Iona Tuskia
Sound: Rostislav Lapinski, I. Grigoriani
Cast: Kira Andronikashvili (Eliso), Kokhta Karalashvili (Vajia), Aleqsandre Imedashvili (Astamir), Tsetsilia Tsutsunava (Zazubeka), Ilia Mamforia (Seidulla), Aleqsandre (Sandro) Jorjoliani (General), K. Gurianov (Billeting officer), I. Galkin (Village constable), Marika Chmshkyan (Muslimati), Gogi Ratiani, Zaal Terishvili

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History of Georgian cinema

My Grandmother (1929)

Kote Mikaberidze Silent Film – My Grandmother (1929).
The soundtrack composed by Natalie Beridze & Nika Machaidze, produced within Artarea’s project “Georgian Film Classics and Contemporary Music”.

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History of Georgian cinema

Journey of Akaki Tsereteli in Racha-Lechkhumi (1912)

The first Georgian full-length documentary follows the trip of the “king of Georgian poetry”, Akaki Tsereteli, to Racha and Lechkhumi, and his relationships with the people living in the mountainous areas of Western Georgia.

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History of Georgian cinema

Christine (1916)

Georgian feature film, Christine. At the same time, Germane Gogitidze emerged as the firstever Georgian film producer.

Qristine, young daughter of a poor farmer becomes a victim of sexually frustrated nobleman Iason Uqmadze. He seduces girl and leaves her. Qristine becomes pregnant and gets a child. Unhappy girl can’t live any more in small village where everyone blames only her. She leaves her child and goes to the city.