Inside the Distance

Elias Grootaers

IFFR 2017

Bright Future

  • 101'
  • Belgium
  • 2017

Giorgi Shakhsuvarian makes a fist: our heart is no bigger than that, he says. Yet his heart can fill the distance between Georgia and Belgium. Shakhsuvarian is an Armenian immigrant who grew up in Georgia. He has been living in Belgium for thirteen years, coaching boxers. A man with an intellectual background, he teaches his pupils not only about boxing, but also about life. The film's title refers not only to the distance between countries. In boxing, distance refers to the length of a bout – a fight during which you have to survive, just like outside the ring. 
With the opening quote from filmmaker Otar Iosseliani, who says that making a film about real people is a crime, Elias Grootaers seems to be challenging the viewer. Do we get to know Shakhsuvarian, disproving Iosseliani's statement? In a sense, this is just a man. But a man who is equally at home talking about offensive strategies in the ring as he is making fascinating observations outside of it.

Director
Elias Grootaers
Premiere
World premiere
Country of production
Belgium
Production Year
2017
Festival Edition
IFFR 2017
Length
101'
Medium
DCP
Languages
Dutch, Russian, Georgian, Armenian
Producer
Emmy Oost / Cassette for timescapes
Production Company
Cassette for timescapes
Sales
Cassette for timescapes
Screenplay
Elias Grootaers
Cinematography
Elias Grootaers
Editor
Dieter Diependaele
Sound Design
Philippe Ciompi
Website
www.timescapes.be