Project Description


Nana Ekvtimishvili is a film director, screenwriter and fiction writer. Born in Tbilisi in 1978, she studied philosophy in Tbilisi and screenwriting and drama at the Academy of Film and Television in Potsdam-Babelsberg, Germany. Her debut feature In Bloom (2013) premiered at the Berlin film festival, won awards around the world, and was Georgia’s Oscar nomination for best foreign language film. A coming-of-age drama about two teenage girls which depicts a bride-kidnapping in the war-torn Tbilisi of her own childhood, the film became a landmark in the rebirth of post-Soviet Georgian cinema. In her latest feature, My Happy Family (2017) – also co-directed with her husband Simon Gross, and now streaming on Netflix – a woman in her 50s walks out on her family in Tbilisi in favour of a room of her own and a life in music. It premiered at Sundance in 2017, when its filmmakers were named among ‘new directors to watch’ by The New York Times. Her debut novel, The Pear Field, is based on the cruelty and abuses of a real ‘School for Idiots’ on the outskirts of Tbilisi. Published in Georgian in 2015, it won awards including the IliaUni prize, and the Saba and Writers’ House Litera debut prizes. The English translation by Elizabeth Heighway was published in 2020 by Peirene Press.

Saturday 27 February – 15.15 – 16.35