Director: Déa Kulumbegashvili
Georgia, France
125 minutes
Unclassified 18+

A space of one’s own

Yana has given up her acting career to follow her husband’s initiative to become a Jehovah’s Witness missionary in a remote Georgian village. When locals burn down their place of worship during a service, pressure falls squarely on Yana. She is surrounded by unsympathetic and manipulative men—the police, her husband, God, her son—and searches with quiet desperation for a space where she can know peace. Her story is at once intense and harrowing, but portrayed in a remarkably unconventional fashion by an outstanding new female director. Striking compositions and lingering takes are the trademarks of Déa Kulumbegashvili’s style. A close shot of a hand placed on the back of a bus seat is sufficient to allow us to feel Yana’s state of mind. The sheer originality of this film is what allows it to resonate.

Film Type Feature Fiction
Program Strand Feature Fiction Competition
Premiere Australian
Language Georgian
Subtitles English
Director Déa Kulumbegashvili
Producer Ilan Amouyal, David Zerat, Rati Oneli
Screenwriters Déa Kulumbegashvili, Rati Oneli
Cinematographer Arseni Khachaturan
Editor Matthieu Taponier
Music Nicolas Jaar
Cast Ia Sukhitashvili, Rati Oneli, Kakha Kintsurashvili
Accolades Toronto, 2020; San Sebastien, 2020
Genre Drama