City of the Sun
City of the Sun

City of the Sun

Director Rati Oneli

Production year 2017

Length 100min.

Country Georgia/USA/Qatar/Netherlands


The lives, dreams and destinies of extraordinary characters unfold amidst the ruins of a semiabandoned mining town. Music teacher keeps demolishing the city to build a new life for himself and his family; miner-turned-actor lives in a limbo unable to make a decision between his passion (theatre) and money (working at the mines); and two malnourished champion athletes have to keep running just to survive.


Rati Oneli
Rati Oneli



Rati Oneli, Jim Stark


Dea Kulumbegashvili, Rati Oneli

Director of Photography

Arseni Khachaturian


Andrei Dergachev


Ramiro Suarez


Zurab Gelashvili, Archil Khvedelidze, Mariam Pkhaladze, Irina Pkhaladze

Production company(ies)

OFA 17 Irakli Abashidze Street, #18 Tbilisi, Georgia

Rati Oneli

Rati Oneli was born in Tbilisi, Georgia. He has lived in New York from 1999 to 2014 when he moved to Georgia in order make his documentary City of the Sun. He specialized in Middle East Studies, as well as International affairs both at Free University Tbilisi and Columbia University in New York. He currently pursues PhD in Philosophy at the European Graduate School. In 2014, he produced and co-edited Invisible Spaces (Theo), a short film that premiered at the Cannes IFF. In 2016, his next production, Lethe (Leitmotif) premiered at the Director’s Fortnight, Cannes IFF.


Theo (2011, short), Leitmotif (2012, short), City of the Sun (2017).

FILMS 2017