Writer and co-director Nana Ekvtismishvili's "In Bloom" moving Georgian story takes place in Tbilisi in the early nineties and tells the coming-of-age story of the friendship of two fourteen year old girls navigating the oppressive familial, patriarchal and marital expectations of post-Soviet Georgia.
The film is loosely based on Ekvtimishvili’s childhood memories and will screen at this year's AFI FEST in the New Auteurs section Nov. 8 and Nov. 9 in Hollywood.
"In Bloom" is anchored by radiant performances and beautiful cinematography by the renowned cinematographer Oleg Mutu ("4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days" and "Beyond the Hills"). It was co-directed by Ekvtimishvili and Simon Gross.
The film has won numerous awards at the Berlin International Film Festival - C.I.C.A.E. PRIZE of the "Confédération Internationale des Cinémas dʼArt et dʼEssai," the International Confederation of Art House Cinemas," Young Cinema Competition prize at the 37th International Film festival Hong Kong, and FIPRESCI Prize at the 37th International Film Festival Hong Kong.