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It’s the early 1990s in Tbilisi, the capital of the newly independent Georgia, following the collapse of the Soviet Union. The country is facing violence of all kinds: war on the Black Sea coast and recurring attempts at vigilante justice that plague society. But for schoolgirls Eka and Natia, fourteen-year-old inseparable friends (revelatory performances from Lika Babluani and Mariam Bokeria), life just unfolds: in the street, at school, with friends or elder sisters who are already dealing with men’s traditional dominance, early marriage and disillusioned love. For these two girls in bloom, life holds surprises at every turn. Winner of the “New Auteur Special Award” at the recent AFI Fest in Los Angeles, for what the jury cited as “fiction filmmaking infused with and bolstered by the truth.” Prizes for Best Film and Best Actress (dual award to both stars), Sarajevo Film Festival. In Georgian with English subtitles. (102 min.) -
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