Date: 26 January 2022 (ended)
Section: WILD ROSES: WOMEN FILMMAKERS IN EUROPE. Focus on Georgia
Location: Teatro Miela
Piazza Luigi Amedeo Duca degli Abruzzi, 3, 34132 Trieste TS
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ROGORI IKHO OTAKHI
(L’umore della stanza / How the Room Felt)
2021, HD, col., 73’
v.o. georgiana / Georgian o.v.
Sceneggiatura, fotografia / Screenplay, Photography: Ketevan Kapanadze. Montaggio / Editing: Eka Tsotsoria. Suono / Sound: Paata Godziashvili. Produzione / Produced by: Jashi Film. Con il sostegno di / Supported by: Georgian National Film Center, Women’s Fund In Georgia, Heinrich Böll Stiftung Tbilisi, Equality Movement. Distribuzione internazionale / World Sales: Syndicado Film Sales.
In the Georgian city of Kutaisi, a local women’s football club constitutes the heart of a group of female and non-binary queer people, who get together regularly to hang out, to party, to hug each other, and to discuss existential issues. Their gatherings provide a cozy, safe space for these young people in a society that’s not known for embracing its LGBTQ+ community. Discrimination, exclusion, and violence are part of the daily reality, whether on the streets or, in some cases, within the family. When they’re together, they find the love, warmth, and safety they need to fully be themselves. In her debut film, Ketevan Kapanadze doesn’t engage in cheap sentiment, neither does she put any particular emphasis on the hostile outside world, although it’s never far away. The director’s camera conveys the extraordinary atmosphere between the friends, as the mood shifts from celebratory and elated, to intimate and lethargic, to lively with debate.
Produced by Salomé Jashi, How the Room Felt premiered at IDFA in Amsterdam.
Film director Ketevan Kapanadze was born in 1997 in Tbilisi. In 2019 she completed Film Studies at Georgia’s Film and Theater State University. How The Room Felt is her debut feature documentary.
2018 Serving the Homeland cm / sf doc. 2019 Lala, the Car Mechanic cm / sf doc. 2021 Rogori ikho otakhi (How the Room Felt) doc.