Director Otar Iosseliani

Production year 1975

Length 95min.

Country Georgia


Musicians come from Tbilisi to a village to rest and rehearse in the summer. They play music in the lap of nature while the peasants continue to live their lives. There are almost no plot twists and turns. The film can be perceived as a sketch or as a pure idea. The idea of separateness people from different worlds…  They coexist, do not struggle openly, but also do not understand and accept each other. But something - be it only for a few of them, albeit barely perceptible - changes in the souls from that interim neighborhood.


FIPRESCI Prize, OCIC Award - Honorable Mention | Berlinale, Germany, 1982


Otar Iosseliani
Otar Iosseliani



Revaz Inanishvili, Otar Iosseliani, Otar Mekhrishvili

Director of Photography

Abessalom Maisuradze

Production designer

Vakhtang Rurua


Ekaterina Popova-Evans


Nana Ioseliani, Tamar Gabarashvili, Mikhail Naneishvili, Nukri Davitashvili, Baia Matsaberidze

Production company(ies)

Qartuli Pilm

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)

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