Tbilisi festival adds cash prizes

Georgian event starts Monday

MOSCOW — Georgia’s Tbilisi Intl. Film Festival opens for its eighth annual edition Monday with debut cash prizes for film and director.

The festival, founded in 2000 in the capital of the small Caucasian country, showcases competition films that focus on the challenges faced by the younger generation.

Cash awards of $7,000 for the Golden Prometheus best film prize and $5,000 for the Silver Prometheus best director kudo, provided by the festival’s partner GRDC Cinema City, will be made for the first time this year.

Six out of the 11 films in the competition lineup are from or co-produced by countries from the former Soviet Bloc.

They are: Russian director Alexei Popogrebsky’s award-winning solo debut “Simple Things”; Kirill Mihanovsky’s Brazil-Russia-U.S. co-production “Sonhos de Peixe”; Kadri Kousaar’s “Magnus” (Estonia/U.K.); Serbian director Srdan Golubovich’s “The Trap” (Serbia-Germany-Hungary); Georgian director Aleko Tsabadze’s “Russian Triangle,” which features Russia’s “Day Watch” star Konstantin Khabensky; and “Tricks” by Andrzej Jakimowski (Poland).

Other film in the lineup are: two German pics, “Fata Morgana,” helmed by Simon Gross, and “Pingpong,” helmed by Mathias Luthardt; France-Spain co-production “Lo que se de Lola,” directed by Javier Rebollo; Finland’s “A Man’s Job,” helmed by Aleksi Salmenpera; and Israel’s “My Father my Lord,” helmed by David Volach.

International jury for the festival, which runs until Sunday, Dec. 9, is German director Ulrike Ottinger, British scriptwriter Clare Downs, French producer Laurent Danielou, Georgian actor Merab Ninidze and New York critic David D’Arcy.

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