Synopsis

After 13 years, Tsitsi initiates a reunion of his former classmates with a seemingly harmless cause: they haven't seen each other since graduation and the reason for the gathering is to remember school and have a drink. However, Tsitsi has a secret motivation: he wants to punish his former classmate, Guga, who used to make life difficult for the entire class at school. Several male classmates gather at the school to drink and talk; as their time together progresses, Tsitsi gets drunk and tries to accomplish his goal.

Biography of the director

Writer and director David Pirtskhalava was born in 1987 in Tbilisi, Georgia. In 2011 he graduated from The Shota Rustaveli Theatre and Film Georgia State University, with a Master’s Degree in Film and Television Dramaturgy. In 2016, he graduated from Temur Chkheidze’s Contemporary Theatrical Art Development Centre at the Royal District Theater, where he specialized in Theatre Dramaturgy. Davit is the author of several full-length and short film scripts. As a director, David has shot two short films: In 2015 his short film MAMA / FATHER won the Golden Pardino at the Locarno International Film Festival. In 2018, David shot a short fiction film SASHLELI / ERASER, which also premiered at the Locarno International Film Festival. In total, both films have been selected for over 50 film festivals and achieved some notable success.

Director's Statement

School serves as the first space for people to engage in social interaction. The school age is also the time when certain life episodes become long-lasting memories, which may unknowingly have a profound effect on one’s future life.

 I was born and raised in the suburbs of Tbilisi, where I also went to school, where bullying, abuse, beating and ridicule of people was almost the daily norm. I've thought a lot about my mistakes in regard to my classmates or schoolmates. On many occasions, I found myself to have been a victim, and many times - in the shoes of a bully. This was of course unintended, the environment offered us certain conditions to us as children, and we unconsciously accepted them, with all their ugly and ruthless manifestations.

After a couple of years of thinking about school, I came up with this idea: What if former classmates were to meet each other after a long break, as if for a harmless reason, to remember their childhood and party; even if none of them have any good to remember. What if the victim were to invite the bully and orchestrate a process similar to a court trial ruled by the thirst for vengeance?

The idea is that no matter how much you are hurt, ridiculed or embarrassed, the important thing in adult life is to view all of this from a spiritual perspective, to gain experience from it, and not to become caught up in your tough past, which can make you bitter. The emphasis on Christianity is not accidental, as it teaches forgiveness, repentance, and tolerance. John the Baptist, the forerunner of Jesus Christ, preached repentance before the appearance of Jesus, without him the reception of Christ would be implausible.

I believe that the problem is relevant worldwide. I have no such ambition that people will change after watching this film. It is however possible, that some may start thinking and analyzing; remembering that we are all guilty of one another, as Dostoevsky says. The key is to acknowledge the wrongdoings with ourselves, not let them make us bitter and to live in the present, with faith for a better future and God.

Production Info:
Feature debut, Drama
 Year of Production: 2022 Colour, DCP
Length: 110 min.
Country of Production: Georgia
Locations: Georgia Language: Georgian
Festivals: Toronto International Film Festival: TIFF, Discovery Section (World Premiere)
English Title: A Long Break
Original title: Didi Shesveneba
Director: Davit Pirtskhalava
Georgia, 2022
Production Company: MILLIMETER FILM
 Executive Producer: Tedo Dolidze, Davit Ujmajuridze
Producer: Suliko Tsulukidze, Tiko Nadirashvili, Tedo Dolidze
Screenplay: Davit Pirtskhalava
Cinematographer: Shalva Sokurashvili
Editor: Nodar Nozadze
Production Designer: Berdia Arabuli, Guram Navrozashvili
Sound: Nika Paniashvili
Original Score: Nika Paniashvili
Principal Cast: Shako Mirianashvili, Giorgi Sharvashidze, Sandro Kalandadze Cast: Mariam Pirtskhalava, Goga Shishinashvili, Goga Kobalia , Davit Chitaia , Giorgi Mazavrishvili, Gigi Rekhviashvili, Bidzina Nijaradze , Zviad Pirtskhalava International
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Unmistakable handwriting, bold themes and captivating images that oscillate between dream and nightmare. The work of the French-Bosnian director, screenwriter and producer Lucile Hadžihalilović offers truly exceptional film experiences, which Slovak viewers can now look forward to thanks to Cinematik. The festival will present a retrospective of the award-winning filmmaker's films as part of its 17th edition, which will start in Piešťany on September 13, 2022.

Lucile Hadžihalilović was born on May 7, 1961 in Lyon, France, but her roots go back to Sarajevo in today's Bosnia and Herzegovina. She studied filmmaking in Paris and during her career tried almost all film trades, from editing to production to scriptwriting and directing.

Lucile Hadžihalilović's filmography is not extensive in terms of quantity, but each of her works is intense and memorable, for example thanks to a unique visual atmosphere. According to her, the visual aspect of the film is one of the most important for the director, because it is closest to the language and poetics of our dreams.

Hadzihalilović handles the images delicately and patiently, he does not rush anywhere and does not reveal more than necessary. The main themes of her films include childhood and the mystery of adolescence, which she always captures in an original, but often frightening way. At Cinematika, viewers will be able to see almost all of her previous films.ucile Hadžihalilović's directorial debut was the 1996 film La bouche de Jean-Pierre (Jean-Pierre's mouth) - a disturbing drama about little Mimi, who is taken in by her aunt after her mother's suicide attempt. However, in her apartment, she meets Jean-Pierre, who has a rather inappropriate interest in Mimi. The film was shown for the first time at the Cannes festival in the Un Certain Regard section.

The director also dedicated the film Innocence (Innocence, 2004) to female heroines. This time, however, it takes us to a mysterious school, where a group of female students balances between orders, prohibitions and a new experience of growing up. The film based on Frank Wedekind's book, in which Marion Cotillard also starred, won the award for Best New Director at the San Sebastián festival.

Probably Lucile Hadžihalilović's most successful film to date is Évolution (Evolution, 2015), a chilling story from a sleepy coastal town where little Nicolas spends his days diving. However, one day he sees something under the surface that does not let him sleep - the boy's body, which then disappears. Nicolas suddenly discovers that something is wrong with the people around him. The film triumphed again in San Sebastián, where it won the Special Jury Award and the Award for Best Cinematography. However, he was also awarded at the Sundance independent film festival (NHK Prize for Filmmakers).

Last year in Toronto, the director presented her latest film called Earwig (Ucholak, 2021). Again, it brings a child heroine and a surreal atmosphere full of ambiguities, which the viewer must answer for himself. Ten-year-old Mia (Romane Hemelaers) has a prosthesis made of ice in her mouth, and her elderly carer Albert (Paul Hilton) has to change it several times a day. But when he receives an instruction over the phone that it's time to go, a new phase of his work begins: Preparing the girl to leave the house that was her only refuge. The film awarded in San Sebastián with the Special Jury Prize will have its Slovak premiere at Cinematik.
In the Respect: Lucile Hadžihalilović section, festival visitors will also be able to see several short films. Nectar (Nektár, 2014) is a mystical parable from a flower garden, where a group of women performs a special ritual around their queen. De Natura (2018) again begins with an innocent walk of a pair of female friends in nature. However, it gradually acquires a bitter aftertaste.

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The director's second choice is El espíritu de la colmena (Spirit of the Hive, 1973). In the magical drama, filmmaker Víctor Erice captured the inner world of seven-year-old Anna, who encounters death for the first time in the desolate Spanish countryside at the time of the waning civil war.

Lucile Hadžihalilović also participated as an editor, co-author or producer in several films by the Argentinian-French director Gaspar Noé (including the hypnotic Enter the Void / Vojdi do váktu from 2009). In the Cinematik program, you can enjoy at least part of her work once again, in the form of Noé's new film Vortex (2022), which she co-produced. The festival will screen the film in the Paths of Glory section.

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