City of the Sun

  • Rati Oneli
  • Georgia, United States, Qatar, Netherlands
  • 2017
  • 100 min
  • Dutch Premiere
  • Best of Fests, Camera in Focus
The Georgian city of Chiatura was once a thriving manganese mining town. Now it's a dismal place, the bleakness of its empty streets and crumbling factory buildings only deepened by a dense layer of gray clouds. Rati Oneli surely intended the title of his film City of the Sun to be ironic. His camera roams this post-apocalyptic ghost town, capturing arresting shots of the mountainous landscape and industrial wasteland, and stopping off with the handful of people who, despite everything, live a life like any other in this cheerless place. They have jobs to go to, they have hobbies and they have ambitions. We meet a miner who spends his evenings on the theater stage, two skinny girls training for the Olympics, and a music teacher earning extra cash selling metal he hacks from half-demolished buildings. With calmness and integrity, Oneli shares his observations of a depleted society forgotten by the outside world.


  • 100 min
  • color
  • DCP
  • Spoken languages: Georgian
  • Subtitles in: English
Rati Oneli
Dea Kulumbegashvili for OFA, Rati Oneli for OFA
Executive producer
Archil Kavtaradze, Zurab Zutia Kapanadze
Starksales INC
Arseni Khachaturan

IDFA history

Dutch Premiere
Best of Fests
Camera in Focus
Supported with €17000 for Classic: Production & postproduction

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