TBILISI: Georgian director Otar Shamatava is in postproduction with Ursus, a Ukrainian/ Georgian/German/ Bulgarian coproduction that he shot in Georgia after a long break.
Ursus is a story of three outcasts – a Georgian unemployed film director, a Ukrainian ex-stuntman and a Canadian female activist for wild animals’ rights – making a desperate journey from the capital of ex-Soviet Georgia, plunged into a civil war to Berlin at the beginning of 1992. Each of them is pursuing his/her goal without even knowing how much their fates are intertwined.
The main characters are played by Nika Tavadze (Georgia), Joséphine de La Baume (France) and Bogdan Benyuk (Ukraine).
Ukraine’s Fresh Production is producing in coproduction with Georgia’s O-Studio, Germany’s Aktis Film Production and Bulgaria’s Geopoly. The producers are Julia Cherniavska, Oleg Shcherbyna, Otar Shamatava, Georgy Cholakov, Pavlina Jeleva, Stelios Ziannis and Vera Weit. German company Digital Images GmbH provided technical support for the film.
The film received a production grant of 27,070 EUR / 81,210 GEL from the Georgian National Film Center and is also supported by the Ukrainian State Film Agency, the TV channel “Ukraine” with 58,473 EUR / 175,419 GEL, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung (MDM) with 11,917 EUR / 35,751 GEL and the Bulgarian National Film Center with 10,828 EUR / 32,484 GEL. The budget is 108,283 EUR / 324,849 GEL.
Shooting took place in the Ukraine in October-November 2013, in Bulgaria in November 2013 and in Georgia and again in the Ukraine in 2015.
The film is currently in the final stage of postproduction, but the date of the premiere is not known yet.
Director: Otar Shamatava Scriptwriters: Zaza Buadze, Otar Shamatava DoP: Sergii Bordeniyk Cast: Joséphine de La Baume, Nika Tavadze, Bogdan Benyuk ,Georges Corraface, Christian Ulmen,Zaur Shafiyev, Mykola Veresen, Ilka Zafirova, Pavlina Jeleva,Viktoriya Varley, Robert Feldman, Davit Katsarava, Maka Shalikashvili, Misha Gomiashvili, Gogi Kharabadze, Levan Buadze, Mikhail Krupievski, Galina Zgurskaya