"In Bloom" Georgian Theatrical Release and Kickstarter Project Information

US Theatrical Premiere: IN BLOOM

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Early nineties, in Tbilisi, the capital of the newly independent Georgia after the collapse of the Soviet Union. The country is facing violence, war on the Black Sea coast (Abkhazia) and vigilante justice that plague society. But for Eka and Natia, fourteen-year-old inseparable friends, life just unfolds: in the street, at school, with friends or elder sisters who are already dealing with men’s dominance, early marriage and disillusioned love. For these two girls in bloom life just goes on…

The film is semi-autobiographical, based loosely on screenwriter and co-director Nana Ekvtimishvili’s memories of her adolescence in early ’90s Tbilisi. Critics have already given the film their strongest support, calling it a "tour de force" and "an enthralling work of cinema" (indiewire), as well as "a beautifully observed slice-of-life drama…built around radiant performances" (Hollywood Reporter). Variety has observed in re: the film that "Georgia is the new Romania." is astonishingly fluid, with numerous long takes moving to observe the action unfolding–a forbidden party of teenage girls; a kidnapping; the aftermath of a violent crime; a wedding dance, performed as much in mourning as in celebration.

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