I Am Truly a Drop of Sun on Earth

Elene Naveriani

April works as a prostitute in a run-down night club in Tbilisi. There she meets Dije, a Nigerian refugee who came to Georgia by pure mistake. An odd, romantic connection evolves between them. But can it ward off the alienation they both feel? A beautiful, subtle portrait of two souls in a ghostly city.

The sun has not quite risen in Tbilisi, Georgia, when April is released after having spent another night in jail for prostitution. Although, for April and her fellow sex workers, the sun will probably never come up. They live in a masculine world in which women are a disposable commodity – something to vent your anger on. In the shadow of a luxury hotel, April meets Dije, a young Nigerian immigrant – an outsider even among outsiders. He once thought he was on his way to Georgia, USA, but ended up here instead. Another dream dashed. In this place, at the edge of the world where the only option is day-to-day survival , these two souls recognise one another’s lonely journey. In this powerful debut filmed in black-and-white – how else – and with a layer of ink-black, biting humour, Elene Naveriani sketches lives in suspended animation – a living death, until death comes. 

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Filmmaker
Elene Naveriani
Premiere
International premiere
Country
Switzerland
Year
2017
Medium
DCP
Length
61
Language
Georgian, English
Producer
Britta Rindelaub / Alva Film, Elene Naveriani
Production Company
Alva Film, Mishkin
Sales
Alva Film
Writer
Elene Naveriani
Cinematography
Agnes Pakozdi
Editor
Gabriel Gonzalez
Production Design
Tako Elizarashvili, Melano Sokhadze
Sound Design
Philippe Ciompi, Thomas Reichlin
Cast
Daniel Anthony, Khatia Nozadze, Bianka Shigurova, Nino Giorgobiani, Mariam Chachia