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Beginning

Directed by Dea Kulumbegashvili, 2020 Georgia, France 125 minutes
18+
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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.

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