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.