Politics jars fests

Tbilisi guests arrive using alternative routes

MOSCOW — Political confrontation between Russia and Georgia, which has seen all transport links between the two countries severed in recent days, has been playing havoc with plans for fall festivals in Georgia.

The seventh edition of the Tbilisi Film Fest as scheduled Tuesday, running through Sunday, and managed to get most of its prints and guests in through alternative routes.

Meanwhile, a rival fest in Batumi, on the Black Sea in the south of the country, was skedded to bow its inaugural run on Saturday. However, it has been tentatively postponed for a month.

The Tbilisi event benefits from some locally connected product, with opening film Otar Ioseliani’s “Gardens in Autumn,” a co-prod with France, where the Georgian-born director has been a longtime resident, Italy and Russia.

Batumi fest director Georgi Gogiberidze said he expected the event will start mid-November.

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