World premiere: 09.07.2014
70-year-old Abga and his teenage granddaughter Asida cultivate the ground of a small island that got temporarly produced by the Enguri River. The river marks the border between the independent Rebulic of Abkhazia and Georgia and has always been the symbol of ceasefire. The island, made out of washed up dirt, rocks and debris, might exist for years or might be swept away soon. The farmers can’t help but take the risk to escape poverty. Abga and Asida are a good team. Their hope for a better future unites them. They even build a wooden cottage, that protects them from the hot sun. When Asida one day discovers a young man on the island, their idyll is threatened.
Crew, Cast & Production
Roelof Jan Minneboo, George Ovashvili, Nugzar Shataidze
Ilyas Salman (Abga), Mariam Buturshvili (Asida)
Alamdary (GE), 42film (D), Arizona Films (FR), Axman Productions (CZ), Kazakhfilm (KAZ)
Georgian National Film Center, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung (MDM), Eurimages, CNC, State Cinematography Fund Czech Republic, Visions Sud Est, MEDIA, Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport of Ajara A.R.
Georgia, Germany, France, Czech Republic, Kazakhstan
Festivals & Awards
Oscar 2015 // Shortlist Best Foreign Language Film
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2014 // Best Film
São Paulo International Film Festival 2014 // Critics Award
Athens Panoram of European Cinema 2014 // Best Film & FIPRESCI Prize
Cinequest San Jose Film Festival 2015 // Best Film
Split International Festival of New Film 2014 // Best Film
Fribourg International Film Festival 2015 // Best Film & Audience Award