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4 Films by Otar Iosseliani (1961-1970)

Cast: Gela Kandelaki, Gogi Chkheidze, Dzhansug Kakhidze, more...
Director: Otar Iosseliani
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Studio: Facets
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Russia
Languages: Georgian
Subtitles: English, French
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4 Films by Otar Iosseliani (Disc 1 of 2) (1961)
This extraordinary DVD premiere of four rare films (Giorgobistve, Pastorale, & April - April) by acclaimed Georgian filmmaker Otar Iosseliani takes us on a whimsical voyage of self-discovery. Before his self-exile to direct films in France, Iosseliani's work was frequently banned, shelved, or restricted by Soviet authorities. The early films on this DVD include APRIL, the film picked to showcase Iosseliani's talent at this year's Cannes. Iosseliani's contemporary fables of modern life and traditional values have been compared to the classic comedies of French master Jacques Tati. Shrewdly whimsical and filmed with a poetic casualness, Iosseliani's universe is one of joyous pessimism.

4 Films by Otar Iosseliani (Disc 2 of 2) (1970)
Limited Edition: Director Approved, restored and Remastered 2-Disc set Bonus Featurette: About Otar Iosseliani's Films

This extraordinary DVD premiere of four rare films (Giorgobistve, Pastorale, & April - April) by acclaimed Georgian filmmaker Otar Iosseliani takes us on a whimsical voyage of self-discovery. Before his self-exile to direct films in France, Iosseliani's work was frequently banned, shelved, or restricted by Soviet authorities. The early films on this DVD include APRIL, the film picked to showcase Iosseliani's talent at this year's Cannes. Iosseliani's contemporary fables of modern life and traditional values have been compared to the classic comedies of French master Jacques Tati. Shrewdly whimsical and filmed with a poetic casualness, Iosseliani's universe is one of joyous pessimism.


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4 Films by Otar Iosseliani (Disc 1 of 2) (1961)
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Charming, picturesque by estherjane March 20, 2007 - 10:25 AM PDT
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More portrait than plotline, these two. Iosseliani is a master of composition not only of image but of sound. There's an undercurrent of music and sometimes layers of sounds, not always connected to the image but complimenting or adding more information. Listen while you watch.
...Singing Blackbird:
A young musician hustles his way through a variety of interactions. His running away or running toward the next adventure is met with varying degrees of tolerance from others. There are repeated themes of observation and of near mishaps (either caused by or saving him through his restlessness?).
Pastorale:
A classical quartet spends the summer in a picturesque farming community that is anything but peaceful. The cinematography is stunning. Contrasts are everywhere: trains and tractors, innocent animals coexisting with the violence of rural life- slaughter, storms, scyths. There is a near constant soundtrack of folk singing just under the goings-on, just beautiful.

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Cannes Film Festival & More - 2005
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Official Selection, Certain Regards... and more. Here is a bit more information on the films screened at the Cannes. I have attempted to list all the films that were considered for an award as well as any special screenings.
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