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Giorgi Shengelaya
Cinémathèque

Pirosmani / Giorgi Shengelaya

Niko Pirosmani, a primitivist painter from Georgia, former Soviet Union, who was born in 1863 and died in 1918 an indigent alcoholic, was a distant relative of the Greek “naïve” painter Theofilos – a self-taught and humble flâneur. His compatriot, Giorgi Shengelaya, presents his life and work through a rigorous reconstruction of that era, in a film dominated by Pirosmani’s paintings. At the same time, this cinematic portrait is of a free and rebellious man, who was deeply attached to the history and tradition of his homeland; a true artist whο lived his life completely absorbed in painting, unfettered by academic commitments and artistic conventions of any kind, giving the multiply misinterpreted term “naïve art” a deeper meaning and great aesthetic value.


Director:Giorgi Shengelaya
Script:Giorgi Shengelaya, Erlom Akhvledian
Cinematography:Konstantin Apryatin
Music:Nodar Gabunia, Vakhtang Kukhianidze
Costumes:Gulnara Qurdiani
With:Avtandil Varazi (Niko Pirosmani), Dodo Abashidze, Givi Aleqsandria, Spartak Bagashvili, Teimuraz Beridz
Production Design:Vaso Arabidze
Producer:S. Kvaratskhelia
Production:Gruziya Film, USSR & Qartuli Pilmi, USSR
Production Country:Soviet Union
Format:35mm Color
Duration:85'
Production Year:1969
Sutherland Trophy – British Film Institute Awards 1973
Gold Hugo – Chicago IFF 1974
Screening Schedule
THESSALONIKI CINEMA MUSEUM:Friday, November 09, 2012 - 20:30 | ID:771
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