Chemi bednieri ojakhi
My Happy Family
Nana & Simon
On the evening of her 52nd birthday, Georgian literature teacher Manana unexpectedly announces to her family that she is leaving. After thirty years of marriage and a turbulent family life in a three-room apartment, her husband Soso, her parents, two children and a son-in- law react to her decision first with disbelief and then shock.
However congenial family life in the tiny apartment appears to be, feelings of claustrophobia surface long before Manana is literally forced into a corner and pressured into explaining herself. While Manana’s decision to leave home comes up against the vehemently expressed opposition of her family, the audience is drawn from the very beginning onto her side of the conflict – not so much verbally as through the sensitive and sometimes side-taking camerawork and mise-en-scène. From the very first scene, the film appears to be committed to the spirit of Virginia Woolf ’s A Room of One’s Own. And so the question about the motives for Manana’s behaviour is repeatedly reversed for the viewers: Why should Manana actually want something other than to sit alone at her open balcony window, eat cream cake and play melancholic Georgian tunes on her guitar?
Film series Internal Migration
Nana & Simon
Born in Georgia, Nana Ekvtimishvili studied Drama and Script Writing at the Film University Babelsberg »Konrad Wolf« in Germany. Simon Gross graduated from Munich University of Film and Television. They both wrote the script for Simon’s debut film Fata Morgana which premiered at Munich Film Festival in 2007 and won the Young Cinema Award for Best Director. Nana wrote the script for their next feature film In Bloom which they directed together. The film was invited to almost 100 festivals worldwide, won thirty awards at international festivals and was the Georgian entry for the Best Foreign Film at the Oscars 2014. Apart from his role as co-director, Simon Gross was also the producer on the Georgian side of My Happy Family.
Films by Nana & Simon
In Bloom 2013 | Fata Morgana 2007