Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

Corn Island
(Simindis kundzuli)

Year: 2014
Country: GEORGIA, GERMANY, FRANCE, CZECH REPUBLIC, KAZAKHSTAN, HUNGARY
Run Time: 100 minutes

Corn Island
Corn Island

During the annual spring torrent, the Enguri River washes soil from the Caucasus to the Black Sea, creating tiny islands in its wake. It’s a place of pristine beauty -- until gun shots ring out. For this is the site of ethnic strife between Georgians and Abkhazians, who claim independence. Symbolic perhaps of his people’s resistance, an old Abkhaz man paddles up to a tiny island in the river, then slowly and painstakingly builds a wood dwelling by hand. One day he brings his teenaged granddaughter, who obediently helps him work the soil. Not given to displays of emotion – or even conversation – they toil through the seasons, planting corn to earn their livelihood. The tranquility is sporadically disturbed by shooting on shore. As soldiers motor by on patrol, Grandpa insists the land belongs only to its creator. Ruminative and philosophical, CORN ISLAND reminds us that all of man’s endeavors are finally subject to the vicissitudes of nature. (In Georgian, Abkhazian, and Russian with subtitles) – B.B.

CIFF39 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Monday, March 23, 2015 at 4:45 PM -
Monday, March 23, 2015 at 6:25 PM

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 2:20 PM -
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 4:00 PM

Sidebar
Pan-Asian Films

Director
George Ovashvili

George Ovashvili graduated from the film department of the Georgian State Institute of Cinema and Theatre in 1996 and studied at The New York Film Academy at Universal Studios in Hollywood in 2006.

Filmography
"The Other Bank" (2009) – 34th CIFF, CORN ISLAND (2014)

Producers
Nino Devdariani, Eike Goreczka, Guillaume de Seille, Karla Stojáková, Sain Gabdullin

Screenwriting
Nugzar Shataidze, George Ovashvili, Roelof Jan Minneboo

Cinematography
Elemér Ragályi

Editing
Sun-Min Kim

Principal Cast
Ilyas Salman, Mariam Buturishvili, Irakli Samushia, Tamer Levent

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