House of Others | Skhvisi Sakhli

The ghosts that remain beyond the devastation of war and the efforts of revival. A cryptic and dreamy vision is shown in House of Others by the Georgian new talent Rusudan Glurjidze. The conflict of the 90’s in the Abkhazia region leaves many empty houses, once inhabited by the defeated side. Here is where the winners are setting, within some agreements held by shady authorities, yet soaked with the corruption and criminality of the war that just ended. In this part of nature; calm and pervaded by a strange fog, a family arrives to live in their new home. They appropriate objects, furniture, clothes and living spaces which breathe another existence. Their neighbours are three remarkable women: two sisters and a teenage daughter. Rusudan Glurjidze moves in her characters’ states of minds and presents us with defeated, fragile and lost souls that exist in a world that they seem to cross, yet never live.

Cast & Crew

Cast: Olga Dikhovichnaia, Zurab Magalashvili, Salome Demuria, Ia Sukhitashvili, Ekaterina Japhardze, Alexander Khundadze, Elena Gamsakhurdia, Malxaz Gorbenadze, Branko Djurich
Producers: Zurab Magalashvili, Katerina Gechmen-Waldek, Nadezjda Gorshkova, Gorka Gomez Andreu, Dario Domotrovich
Writer: David Chubinishvili, Rusudan Glurjidze
Cinematography: Gorka Gomez Andreu
Production design: Grigol Mikeladze
Editor: Gigi Palavandishvili, Levan Kukhashvili
Sound designer: Dario Domotrovich

Festivals & Awards:
– Black Nights FF
– Zagreb FF
– Panorama of the European Film, Egypt
– Scanorama IFF
– Haifa IFF
– San Sebastian IFF. Best Film at Zinemira
– Odessa IFF
– Georgian Oscar contender for Best Foreign Language Film
– American Society of Cinematographers Awards. Spotlight Award
– Satellite Awards. Best First Feature
– Tbilisi IFF. Best Film
– Panorama of European Cinema, Athens. FIPRESCI Award
– Karlovy Vary IFF. Best Film at East of West Competition
– Bergen IFF. Best Film
– Eurasia IFF. Grand Prix for Best Film
– NETPAC Award. Best Asian Film
– Antalya IFF. Jury Prize

Director Rusudan Glurjidze
Country Georgia, Spain, Croatia
Year 2016
Length 103 min
Language Georgian, Russian with English subtitles

Rusudan Glurjidze was born in Georgia, Tbilisi. She graduated from French Language & Literature at the Tbilisi State University. From 1990 to 1996 she has been studying Film Directing and Scriptwriting at Georgiy Shengelaias’ class at the Georgian State Film & Theatre Institute. After dissolution of the Soviet Union that destroyed Georgian film industry she worked at Advertising and National TV, shot numerous musical and commercial clips. Since 2007 she have been working as a producer and art director of “Cinetech film Production Company”.

Rusudan is a founder of Summer school program. Her feature debut project HOUSE OF OTHERS was chosen among 10 European projects selected by B’EST (The Baltic Bridge East by West) organized by EAVE and MEDIA Mundus, was finalist of Open Doors Locarno IFF 2013 and awarded at CineLink Sarajevo IFF 2013. HOUSE OF OTHERS is her directorial feature debut.