Falling Leaves (1966) is the international debut from Georgian auteur, Otar Iosseliani and a paean to both Georgian wine and individual principle. First screened as part of the International Critics Week at the 1968 Cannes Film Festival, Falling Leaves tells the story of Nico, an idealistic young worker, who begins work as a technician at a state-run wine collective, alongside his friend Otar. While Otar adapts seamlessly to the rules of the collective, Nico refuses to pretend that bad wine can be bottled. He also falls for Otar’s girl. It is a witty and acutely observed take on Georgian city life and the clash of generations. Yet Iosseliani offers up poignant observations about work, romance and bureaucracy. It is not only a moral tale of an individual’s resistance to oppression, it is also a complex and free-wheeling meditation on factory life, disappearing rural traditions and Georgian history.
Please note the screening link will be available from 12 noon Tues 1 December to 12 noon Tues 8 December 2020.
Otar Iosseliani is Georgia’s most celebrated film director and prize winner at Berlin, Venice and a Fipresci prize winner at the Cannes Film Festival for Falling Leaves. A graduate of the Georgian musical conservatory, Iosseliani also studied mathematics, has a passion for poetry, and is an accomplished draftsman. Hypnotic and absorbing, his work lingers on small details – pausing in front of the modest and seemingly irrelevant aspects of humanity to reveal wry wonder at the absurdity of life. If one can find a consistent thread in a career and a personality so multifaceted, it would be his tendency to break rules. Iosseliani’s approach to filmmaking means that he is a complete original.
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