This is a filmic poem that celebrates the different artisan and cultural traditions of Georgia – graphic arts, wall painting, wine, ceramics and carpentry and song.
A major director of the Soviet sixties who continues to make internationally acclaimed films. A child musician and music student, Iosseliani switched to mathemetics at Moscow State University, then attended VGIK, studied directing under Dovzhenko, and graduated in 1961. His first major film, April, resulted in his being denied work for two years, during which worked as both a sailor and day laborer. He returned to direct films such as Falling Leaves, which takes a documentary approach to depicting Georgian life. His films took subtle, elliptical paths to critiquing the Soviet Union until he emigrated to France in the early 1980s, at which time his pictures
-often still set in the Soviet territories- became marginally more explicit. But his movies are much too concerned with universality, the mysteries of human existense and the beauty of nature, to be overtly political. Though still residing in France, since the fall of the Soviet Union Iosseliani has worked more closely… read more
Beautifully achieved integration of feeling, mood and ethnography in this record of a vanishing life. The polyphonic music is amazing and the shots of work on the field stunning, with the (brief) shot of scything perhaps attaining a sort of perfection in its integration of expressive action, mood and a whole form of living in the world.