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Tamta Khalvashi, Zaza Khalvashi

Drawing Lots

Edition 2023
84' - 2023 - Mystery - Dialogue: Georgian
Director: Tamta Khalvashi, Zaza Khalvashi Composer: Minco Eggersman With: Inga Jakhutashvili, Guladi Goguadze, Leila Bibineishvili

This posthumous work by Zaza Khalvashi, finished by his daughter Khalvashi, is an intriguing mosaic that threads together the lives of the inhabitants of a Georgian coastal town and reserves a significant role for the twists of fate.

Drawing Lots is an ensemble tale of subtly interlinked stories set in a close-knit neighbourhood of Georgia’s second city, Batumi. The lives of neighbours such as a talented and troubled aspiring rock star, petty criminals, angsty and love-struck teenagers, betrayed lovers, fractured families and many others intertwine in various ways, some expected and familiar, some surprising and secret, but always coloured by the underlying tribal magnetism of community. In this urban enclave, everybody is looking for something – money, friendship, success and, especially, love. But each quest is elusive in its own way, as these characters learn that desire is as changeable as a young man’s heart. The title refers to the central image of the neighbours playing a bingo-style game, their cacophonous and good-natured bickering exemplifying the community’s dynamics, and the game itself exemplifying the fickleness of fate.
“The film leaves a satisfying impression overall, creating an elegant structure out of what could have been a disjointed mess in the hands of less-seasoned filmmakers, not least thanks to Kukhashvili's editing and Dutch composer Minco Eggersman's score.” - Cineuropa

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Credits

Director

Tamta Khalvashi, Zaza Khalvashi

Composer

Minco Eggersman

With

Inga Jakhutashvili, Guladi Goguadze, Leila Bibineishvili

Scenario

Zaza Khalvashi

Director of Photography

Giorgi Shvelidze

Editor

Levan Kukhashvili

Producer

Sulkhan Turmanidze, Ieva Norviliene, Tekla Machavariani

Production studios

BAFIS

Distributor

Mooov Distributie

More information

Dialogue

Georgian

Countries of production

Georgia, Lithuania

Year

2023

Filmography

Tamta Khalvashi
Drawing Lots (2023)
Zaza Khalvashi
Ik-Chemtan (1990), Mizerere (1996), Solomon (2015), Namme (2017), Drawing Lots (2023)

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