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Georgian Film by Tamta Gabrichidze is the Winner at Sundance Festival

Short film “The Trader” by Georgian director Tamta Gabrichidze is the winner of Sundance Film Festival.

Movie is about trader named Gela, who sells secondhand clothes and household items from the back of his minibus while travelling rural Georgia in search of spuds. Money is meaningless in this market—potatoes are lucre. Young and old peer into his truck, their eyes lighting up at the sight of modern conveniences like sponges and lint brushes. It’s a riddle that pits rural value against urban valuation, dirt versus gold.

The Sundance Film Festival, a program of the Sundance Institute, is a film festival that takes place annually in Park City, Utah. With over 46,660 attendees in 2017, it is the largest independent film festival in the United States. Held in January in Park City and Salt Lake City, Utah, as well as at the Sundance Resort, the festival is a showcase for new work from American and international independent filmmakers.