City of the Sun

  • Rati Oneli
  • Georgia, United States, Qatar, Netherlands, The
  • 2017
  • 100 min
  • Dutch Premiere
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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.

Credits

  • 100 min
  • color
  • DCP
Director
Rati Oneli
Production
Dea Kulumbegashvili for OFA, Rati Oneli for OFA
Executive producer
Archil Kavtaradze, Zurab Zutia Kapanadze
Co-production
Starksales INC
Cinematography
Arseni Khachaturan
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IDFA history

2016
Supported with €17000 for Classic: Production & postproduction

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