The Other Bank

George Ovashvili

Together with his young mother Keto twelve-year-old Tedo flees violence in Abkhazia, which just as South Ossetia strives for independence from Georgia. They descend on the Georgian capital Tbilisi, finding shelter in a dull basement. Touching, cross-eyed Tedo gets a job in a garage and slowly slips into the world of crime. His mother makes a living as a secretary and prostitute. Unable to settle in in Tbilisi, Tedo decides to return to his sick father in Abkhazia. A lonely ‘coming of age’ experience ensues, in which Tedo has to somehow survive in a desolate and war-ridden country.
For his first film, director Ovashvili won no less than six prizes at the Wiesbaden, Paris and Seattle film festivals.

Credits

Subtitles
EN
Director
George Ovashvili
Country
Georgia, Kazakhstan
Type
Fiction
Duration
90 minutes
Themes
children and youth, poverty, refugees & asylum, war & armed conflict
Year
2009