Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Case Study No. 1292: Elene Tughushi

Film by Mariam Pirtskhalava, Keti Zhvania, Ia Phrangishvili

Shoot during KINOFUTURES Doc Film workshop organized during BIAFF film festival in 2013, supported by British Council and Ministry of Culture, Education and Sports of Ajara AR
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[scene opens outside of a library in the Republic of Georgia, as the camera follows a young woman (brown hair, sleeveless pink dress) walking down the street while someone off camera reads from Paul Eluard's poem "A peine defiguree" in the original French]
ELENE TUGHUSHI: [in voice over] "Goodbye sadness, hello sadness. You are written into the lines of the ceiling. You are written in the eyes that I love. You aren't quiet sadness, for the poorest lips betray you with a smile. Goodbye sadness, lover of a loving body."
[cut to the woman walking into the library]
ELENE TUGHUSHI: [in voice over] "Strength of a body from which love emerges, like a monster with no body. Head with no body ... sadness. Beautiful face."
[cut to rows of old books in the library, as "The Librarian" appears on screen]
[cut to the woman sitting behind the front desk while arranging some newspapers]
[cut to a closeup of one of the old books in the stacks, as the woman's voiceover switches to her native Georgian dialect]
ELENE TUGHUSHI: [in voice over] I studied French literature. I haven't traveled to France yet ... It's my dream, my biggest dream.
[cut to the woman sitting at a table, speaking directly to the camera]
ELENE TUGHUSHI: I love French language, literature and culture very much ... but I haven't traveled to France yet. It's my dream, my biggest dream.
[cut to another bookshelf]
ELENE TUGHUSHI: [in voice over] I've been working in this library for twelve years.
[cut back to the woman speaking directly to the camera]
ELENE TUGHUSHI: I love this library very much. I come here full of enthusiasm ... What attracts me most to it is that it's a mysterious space.
[cut to the woman getting up and walking over to one of the bookshelves]
ELENE TUGHUSHI: [in voice over] I've wanted to become a librarian since I was a child. My father bought me books often ...
[she takes a large bound volume of newspapers (marked "1986 I-VI") and brings it back to the table]
ELENE TUGHUSHI: [in voice over] We used to have a stamp at home ...
[she opens the volume and begins flipping through the pages]
ELENE TUGHUSHI: [in voice over] That I would use to stamp books before putting them on the shelves.
[cut to a card catalog sitting in the middle of the library, as patrons walk by in the background]
ELENE TUGHUSHI: [in voice over] Different kinds of readers come here. Pupils, students, old people ... Old people come looking for things in the archive.
[cut to an elderly man sitting by himself at a table reading]
ELENE TUGHUSHI: [in voice over] For example, searching for the currency in Nineteen Thirty Four.
[cut back to the woman speaking directly to the camera]
ELENE TUGHUSHI: Our library is one hundred and ten years old.
[cut to various shots inside of the library]
ELENE TUGHUSHI: [in voice over] At first, it looked like an old hut. But in time, it has become modern ...
[cut to the woman reading a copy of "The Little Prince"]
ELENE TUGHUSHI: [in voice over] I love literature very much. I enjoy novels the most. I like Antoine de Saint-Exupery, "The Little Prince."
[cut to a closeup of one of the illustrations]
ELENE TUGHUSHI: [in voice over] I think that everyone loves this book.
[cut back to the woman, as she starts reading from the book (in Georgian)]
ELENE TUGHUSHI: "'All men have the stars,' he answered, but they aren't the same things for different people. From some, who are travellers, the stars are guides. For others they are no more than little lights in the sky. For others, who are scholars, they are problems. For my businessman they were wealth. But all the stars are silent. You ... you alone will have the stars as no one else has them.

Mariam Pirtskhalava
Ketevan Zhvania

Ia Phrangishvili

Mariam Pirtskhalava
Ketevan Zhvania
Ia Phrangishvili

Thanks to
Elene Tughushi


From postcodefilms.co.uk:

KINO FUTURES is Postcode Films' new project, an international dialogue through film in post-Soviet republics, and throughout the Black Sea region. Working with local partners, the workshops will support film students early in their careers to make short films about their local communities under the mentorship of established filmmakers, as well as provide tools and training to access the international documentary market. The films developed will take the shape of film postcards that will be relayed within the region and beyond, painting a diverse and interactive picture of the region. The project will also provide platforms for discussion and exhibition of films from the region in the UK.

Kino Futures was launched at the Sheffield Doc Fest in June 2012 with a panel discussion with Georgian, Ukrainian and Armenian filmmakers; Kino Futures Coordinator Elhum Shakerifar also curated a series of short film from Georgia for the Reel Festivals & Dash Arts Dash Cafe at the Rich Mix in October 2012.

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