This movie it’s like a little carillon with its own melody.
This is what you need to see when it’s raining outside and you feel the teenage dream never ended. It’s all about the most dependable type of subject in the cinema industry: the autobiographical story of a girl growing up in a strong cultural meltin’pot with a political background.
It’s a Georgian film directed by Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Groß and it was premiered at the 63rd Berlin Film Festival. This personal essay has got the chance to break out the festival rules because of many items.
First of all, the cast: these young ladies kick our asses in every single frame of the film. Second, the city: Tblisi in 1992, after the break-up of the USSR, when Georgia was entering into the conflict with Abkhazia. Third, the story: two schoolmates in their early teens.
Eka, from whose point of view the story is told, lives with her mother in a book-filled apartment from which her father is absent; and Natia who lives in a chaotic atmosphere among her working-class family. I don’t want to tell you more than these details. Images and colors will convince you for the rest. Out in all German cinemas with the title Die Langen Hellen Tage (The Long Bright Day).
Let yourself be enlighten by this day.
Text by Alessandra Sutto