In Bloom

Director: Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Gross

Germany/France/Georgia In Georgian with English subtitles
Not rated, 102 min.

Show Times
Friday, April 11, 9:15 PM
Saturday, April 12, 7:15 PM
Wednesday, April 16, 7:00 PM

Early nineties, in Tbilisi, the capital of the newly independent Georgia after the collapse of the Soviet Union. The country is facing violence, war on the Black Sea coast (Abkhazia) and vigilante justice that plague society. But for Eka and Natia,bfourteen-year-old inseparable friends, life just unfolds: in the street, at school, with friends or elder sisters who are already dealing with men’s dominance, early marriage and disillusioned love. For these two girls in bloom life just goes on…

“Built around radiant performances from its two young leads, In Bloom is a beautifully
observed slice-of-life drama subtly interwoven with thriller elements and a gently profeminist message about young girls defying ancient patriarchal traditions…Even in their least dramatic scenes, Babluani and Bokeria share a natural chemistry and magnetic on-screen presence. The languid camera work of veteran Romanian New Wave cinematographer Oleg Mutu also merits a mention…An eye-pleasing aesthetic for a classy and absorbing debut.” – Stephen Dalton, Hollywood Reporter

Posted in Features 2014