Director Otar Iosseliani

Production year 2010

Length 122min.

Country France/Georgia


Nicolas is an artist, a filmmaker who merely wants to express himself and whom everyone wishes to reduce to silence. When he first starts out in Georgia, the ideologists hope to gag him, concerned that his work does not follow the set rules. In the face of their determination, Nicolas leaves his homeland for France - the land of freedom and democracy. But the state of grace will not last long.


Special Jury Award | Mar del Plata IFF, Argentina, 2010


Otar Iosseliani
Otar Iosseliani



Martine Marignac, Maurice Tinchant


Otar Iosseliani

Director of Photography

Lionel Cousin, Julie Grünbaum

Production designer

Emmanuel de Chauvigny


Emmanuelle Legendre


Dato Tarielashvili, Tamuna Karumidze, Fanny Gonin, Givi Sarchimelidze, Pierre Étaix

Production company(ies)

Pierre Grise Productions Sota Cinema Group Sanguko Films Sberbank Orange Cinéma Séries Centre National de la Cinématographie (CNC)

Otar Iosseliani

Director and writer. People's Artist of Georgia (1984). BorninTbilisi, in 1934. He studied at the Department of Mathematics in Moscow State University. Worked as a director assistant, editor in Georgia Film Studio, as a director at the Tbilisi Studio for Newsreel and Documentary Films. Since 1961, he is a director and screenwriter for Georgia Film. In 1965, Iosseliani graduated from the Directing Department of VGIK (Dovzhenko’s studio). In 1962, Iosseliani directed the short film April, and in 1964, made the documentary Iron, which shows one day of the smelter. These films already had an original style that is clearly manifested in his first feature film Falling Leaves (1966), which was awarded the FIPRESCI Prize and Georges Sadoul Prize for the best debut at Cannes IFF. In 1971, Once Upon a Time There Was a Singing Blackbird released and in 1976, Iosseliani made Pastoral, which was awarded the FIPRESCI Prize at the Berlin IFF. Since the early 1980s, Otar Iosseliani works in France. In 1984, he made the film Favourites of the Moon, which was awarded Special Jury Prize at the Venice IFF. The same prize were awarded two more films by Iosseliani - And Then There Was Light (1989) and Brigands-Chapter Seven (1996). In 1999, Farewell, Home Sweet Home by Iosselianiwas released, in which he also played a role. Otar Iosseliani is also the author of several articles about cinema, published in Russia and abroad. He won Triumph Award in 1993. President of the jury at the entrance examination of La Fémis (France's National Film School), in 2000. Member of the jury at the Berlin IFF 1986.


Akvarel (TV Short,1958), Song About a Flower (Short,1959), Aprili (1961), Tudzhi (doc., 1964), Falling Leaves (1966), Dzveli qartuli simgera (doc.1969), Once Upon a Time There Was a Singing Blackbird (1970), Pastorali (1975), Sept pièces pour cinéma noir et blanc (Short, 1983), Favourites of the Moon (1984), Un petit monastère en Toscane (doc. 1988), And Then There Was Light (1989), La chasse aux papillons (1992), Seule, Georgie (doc. 1995), Brigands-Chapter VII(1996), Farewell, Home Sweet Home (1999), Monday Morning (2002), Jardins en automne (2006), Chantrapas (2010), Winter Song (2015)

FILMS 2014