World premiere: 09.07.2014

Corn Island

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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

Director

George Ovashvili

Script

Roelof Jan Minneboo, George Ovashvili, Nugzar Shataidze

Camera

Elemér Ragályi

Actors

Ilyas Salman (Abga), Mariam Buturshvili (Asida)

Production

Alamdary (GE), 42film (D), Arizona Films (FR), Axman Productions (CZ), Kazakhfilm (KAZ)

Funding

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.

Film Information

Genre

Drama

Languages

Georgian

Countries

Georgia, Germany, France, Czech Republic, Kazakhstan

Year

2014

Length

100 min.

Cinema Release

28.05.2015 (D)

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

  • et al.

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