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Directed by Dea Kulumbegashvili, 2020 Georgia, France 125 minutes
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This provocative, Cannes-selected debut from Georgia is an unflinching drama about a Jehovah’s Witness who undergoes a dramatic crisis of faith. Best Film, Director, Actress and Screenplay, San Sebastián.

In a small town, Yana (Ia Sukhitashvili) is the wife of a Jehovah’s Witness leader whose community is under attack from an extremist group. In the midst of this conflict and with her husband away, Yana’s inner discontent grows. The intrusion of a local detective into her life has devastating consequences. Told with sparse dialogue and exquisite camerawork that recalls the films of Michael Haneke, Carlos Reygadas and Chantal Akerman, Beginning examines religious conflict, intolerance and trauma, scrutinising the interior life of a woman at a crossroad. A brilliant and intense work – not one for sensitive viewers Beginning marks the arrival of a stunning new talent in world cinema.

After renting, the film will be available in your account to watch at any time during the Festival viewing window; from 12th November, 12 PM – 21st November, 11.59 PM.

Program Strand
Unclassified 18+
In Georgian with English subtitles
Dea Kulumbegashvili,
Ilan Amouyal, David Zerat, Rati Oneli, Paul Rozenberg,
Ia Sukhitashvili, Rati Oneli, Kakha Kintsurashvili,
Dea Kulumbegashvili, Rati Oneli,
Arseni Khachaturan,
Matthieu Taponier,
Women Directors, Religion & Belief, Focus on Women, Festival Award Winners, Cinephile, Cannes Selected,
Company Credits
Australian Distributor: Palace Films,