Underground Movie | Pirosmani

Elke laatste woensdag van de maand draait Amerikaan Jeffrey Babcock bijzondere films in Club Up. Films die al lang uit de roulatie zijn, maar die je volgens hem gezien móét hebben. Voor aanvang van de film verteld Jeffrey over de achtergrond van de film en de makers.

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Directed by  Giorgi Shengelaia
85 minutes
In Russian and Georgian, with English subtitles

This is a little treasure of a film that seems to be utterlyforgotten here in the modern world. It's to bad, because our modern world coulduse a bit of the poetry and magic that emanates from a cinematic jewel likethis. I was dead tired when I first watched this film a few weeks ago, but onceit popped on the screen my soul became bright. I watched the entire thingentranced. It is a creative bio-pic about a primitive Georgian painter calledNikoloz Pirosmanishvill who lived at the turn of the last century. He traveledthe countryside drifting from place to place, leaving behind his paintings. Heoften just exchanged them for food and wine in cafes. Today he would be calleda naive artist or an outsider artist. His work gathered both scorn and praise,and he would die of starvation in 1918. In a discreet way, this film alsoquestions the role of the artist, and the loner, in a money-based world.

This is not a typical film... it is a highly stylized movie,more like a series of tableaux. Beautifully set up, these images are simple butfull of precision and detail. The mood, the landscapes, the colors and theGeorgian folk music are all utterly intoxicating. Right up there with the bestof them, like Tarkovsky. If you know the work of Serei Paradjanov, then this isa less psychedelic version of that style. The entire film is like a pure movingpainting... pure enlightenment.

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