The Other Bank

01/01/2009
  |  Book Tickets: 01/01/2009
  |  90 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC

Synopsis

Georgia's official bid for Foreign Language Oscar 2010 is a very powerful film about a 12 yr-old boy separated from his father by the early '90s Georgian-Abkhazian civil war. An ethnic Georgian living with his prostitute mother in Tbilisi, against all advice Tedo sets off for his hometown (reportedly in ruins) in Abkhazia, meeting plenty of casual brutality but sustained by acts of generosity from a gallery of strangers en route, and surviving largely on his wits. The film has an Odyssean quality which combined with the heart-wrenching performance of Tedo Bekhauri elevates The Other Bank into the exalted company of Klimov's Come and See and Tarkovsky's Ivan's Childhood. Winner of 24 festival awards, tonight is a very rare instance of a UK screening.