Although occasionally visually arresting and atmospheric in its own weird way, Zaza Rusadze's debut is a mostly baffling blend of small-town drama, homoerotic longing and rock climbing.

Ambitions exceed grasp on both story and filmmaking levels in “A Fold in My Blanket,” a debut for Georgian-born, Europe-based writer-helmer Zaza Rusadze. Although occasionally visually arresting and atmospheric in its own weird way, the pic attempts to blur a character’s fantasies with reality, resulting in a mostly baffling blend of small-town drama, homoerotic longing and rock climbing. “Blanket” will remain tightly tucked up on the fest circuit at best.

After some time abroad, Dmitrij (Tornike Bziava) has returned to the small burg in Georgia where he grew up, and has taken a part-time job at the local courthouse where his stern father (Zura Kipshidze) is a judge. At a gathering of family and old friends, Dmitrij reconnects with Andrej (Tornike Gogrichiani), a friend from childhood. Dmitrij tries to turn Andrej on to the joys of rock climbing, and a frequently replayed scene in a cave suggests something mysterious happens on one expedition, but then that might just be Dmitrij’s daydream. Various older characters shuffle about, but the whole never coalesces into the Lynchian weirdfest it clearly wants to be. Lensing looks nice at least.

A Fold in My Blanket

Georgia-Netherlands

Production

A Zazarfilm production in association with Stout & Smits, N279 Entertainment. (International sales: Media Luna, Cologne.) Produced by Zaza Rusadze. Executive producers, Ineke Smits, Els Vandevorst. Directed, written by Zaza Rusadze.

Crew

Camera (color), Goga Devdariani; editor, Tamuna Karumidze; music, Natalie Beridze, Kai Lillich; production designer, Wouter Zoon; costume designer, Polina Rudchik; sound (stereo), Nika Paniashvili; sound designer, Kai Lillich; re-recording mixers, Ansgar Frerich, Lillich; line producer, Jana Sardlishvili; assistant director, Guram Bakradze; casting, Leli Miminoshvili. Reviewed at Berlin Film Festival (Panorama, opener), Feb 9, 2013. Running time: 73 MIN.

With

Tornike Bziava, Tornike Gogrichiani, Giorgi Nakashidze, Zura Kipshidze, Avtandil Makharadze, Ljudmila Mgebrishvili-Artemieva, Marina Janashia, Maka Makharadze. (Georgian, Russian dialogue)

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