An Unusual Exhibition (Arachveulebrivi gamopena) – Eldar Shengelaia Georgia 1968 95m Subtitles U
Monday 30th September 8.15pm Riverside Studios Box office 020 8237 1111 Book online
With Guram Lordkipanidze, Valentina Telechkina and Vasil Chkhaidze
A tragi-comedy by one of the best-known and greatest of Georgia’s directors, Eldar Shengelaia. A mixture of conventional realism, poetic paradox, drama, comedy, the grotesque and the lyrical, the film charts the life of a sculptor who specialises in tombstones – hence the “unusual exhibition” of the title. The screening will be followed by a Q & A with the director.
Eldar Shengalaia (1933, Tbilisi) whose father was the film director Nikoloz Shengelaia, mother the actress Nato Vachnadze and his brother is the filmmaker Giorgi Shenglaia, is a Georgian film director and screenwriter, who directed ten films between 1957 and 1996. His most famous films are An unusual Exhibition (1968) and Blue Mountains, or An Unbelievable Story (1983). From 1990 to 2004 he was a member of the Parliament of Georgia. He has been awarded the titles of the People’s Artist of Georgia (1979) and of the Soviet Union(1988).