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Georgian Mariam Khatchvani Among Six Best Directors of the Cannes Film Festival

Emerging Georgian director Mariam Khatchvani was selected among six best film directors of Cannes Film Festival. In the framework of the Cinefondation Residence program, selected directors from around the world are invited to Paris for 6 months to work on the project.

After world premiers film Dede will be back in Georgian movie theaters from February 22.

They will take master classes from famous directors and learn French language as well. Mariam Khatchvani will leave for Paris on March 1. She will work on her new feature Nene within the frames of Cinefondation Residence program.

A scene from the movie Dede

Mariam does not reveal film script in advance, but notes that it will be based on real story.

In French capital, she will work alongside the other selected directors: Cesar Acevedo and Santiago Lozano from Colombia, Chia-Hsin Liu from Taiwan, Min Bahadur Bham from Nepal and Sara Kern from Slovenia.

Mariam will work on her new feature Nene in Paris

Last year, another Georgian director Rati Tsiteladze was also selected for the same program with the project Empty House.

Mariam Khatchvani’s Dede unveils love story of a girl from Georgia’s Svaneti region, where harsh traditions are still preserved. It is especially important that the film is shot in the historic region of UNESCO’s World Heritage Status in Svaneti, Georgia’s remote highland. Dede is a drama about love and the ancient traditions, which still govern the lives of local people.

Dede is the winner of many international festivals, such as Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Australian Pacific Screen Awards, where it was bestowed with the Cultural Diversity Award, a prize granted under the patronage of UNESCO and so on.

Cannes Film Festival will take place on May 8-19. The head of jury will be Cate Blanchett, famous Australian actress and theatre director.