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Iosseliani, Otar

Born: 2 February 1934 in Tbilissy, Soviet Union, now Georgia
A major director of the Soviet sixties who continues to make internationally acclaimed films. A child musician and music student, Iosseliani switched to mathemetics at Moscow State University, then attended VGIK, studied directing under Dovzhenko, and graduated in 1961. His first major film, April, resulted in his being denied work for two years, during which worked as both a sailor and day laborer. He returned to direct films such as Falling Leaves, which takes a documentary approach to depicting Georgian life. His films took subtle, elliptical paths to critiquing the Soviet Union until he emigrated to France in the early 1980s, at which time his pictures --often still set in the Soviet territories-- became marginally more explicit. But his movies are much too concerned with universality, the mysteries of human existense and the beauty of nature, to be overtly political. Though still residing in France, since the fall of the Soviet Union Iosseliani has worked more closely with the Georgian film industry, and his pan-European productions have reached a wide international audience. A true auteur, he continues to write, edit, and act in, as well as direct, his films.

Filmography

  • Monday Morning/Lundi matin, 2002;
  • Farewell, Home Sweet Home/Adieu, plancher des vaches!, 1999;
  • Brigands-Chapter VII/Brigands, chapitre VII, 1996;
  • Seule, Georgie, 1994;
  • The Butterfly Hunt/Chasse aux papillons, La, 1992;
  • And Then There Was Light/Et la luminare fut, 1989;
  • Un petit monastere en Toscane, 1988;
  • Favorite of the Moon/Favoris de la lune, Les, 1984;
  • Euzkadi ete 1982, 1983; TV
  • Sept pieces pour cinema noir et blanc, 1983;
  • Lettre d'un cineaste, 1982, TV;
  • Pastorale/Pastorali, 1975;
  • Lived Once a Song-Thrush/Iko shashvi mgalobeli, 1970;
  • Georgian Ancient Songs/Dzveli qartuli simgera, 1969;
  • Falling Leaves/Giorgobistve, 1968;
  • Tudzhi, 1964;
  • April/Aprili, 1961;
  • Sapovnela, 1959;
  • Akvarel, 1958, TV;
As screenwriter:
  • Monday Morning/Lundi matin, 2002;
  • Farewell, Home Sweet Home/Adieu, plancher des vaches!, 1999;
  • Brigands-Chapter VII/Brigands, chapitre VII, 1996;
  • Seule, Georgie, 1994;
  • The Butterfly Hunt/Chasse aux papillons, La, 1992;
  • And Then There Was Light/Et la luminare fut, 1989;
  • Favorite of the Moon/Favoris de la lune, Les, 1984;
  • Pastorale/Pastorali, 1975;
  • Lived Once a Song-Thrush/Iko shashvi mgalobeli, 1970;
  • Tudzhi, 1964;
  • April/Aprili, 1961;
  • Intercity Train/Chqari matarebeli, 1960;
As editor:
  • Monday Morning/Lundi matin, 2002;
  • Farewell, Home Sweet Home/Adieu, plancher des vaches!, 1999;
  • Brigands-Chapter VII/Brigands, chapitre VII, 1996;
  • The Butterfly Hunt/Chasse aux papillons, La, 1992;
  • And Then There Was Light/Et la luminare fut, 1989;
  • Un petit monastere en Toscane, 1988;