Once Upon a Time There Was a Singing Blackbird
Once Upon a Time There Was a Singing Blackbird

Once Upon a Time There Was a Singing Blackbird

Director Otar Iosseliani

Production year 1971

Length 83min.

Country Georgia


A musician playing the drums at the opera theater in Tbilisi can become a composer and leave a trace in the history and peoples souls. The melody is already in his mind, it accompanies him everywhere. He just needs to get home, reach the note paper and write it down. But he spends his days flitting from friend to friend, lover to lover, avoiding any responsibility, and never staying still for five minutes. The seconds run and run. Each can be the last.   



Otar Iosseliani
Otar Iosseliani



Otar Iosseliani, Dimitri Eristavi, Semyon Lungin, Ilya Nusinov

Director of Photography

Abessalom Maisuradze

Production designer

Dimitri Eristavi

Music by

emur Bakuradze


Julietta Bezuashvili


Gela Kandelaki, Gogi Chkheidze, Jansug Kakhidze, Irine Jandieri

Production company(ies)

Qartuli Pilmi

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