Letters to Max

  • 103'
  • France
  • 2014
When filmmaker Eric Baudelaire sent his first letter to Maxim Gvinjia, friend and former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Abkhazia, he was sure it would come back undelivered. Abkhazia may have seceded from Georgia after the Civil War in 1992-93, but it hasn’t been recognised by the United Nations. In fact, it doesn’t exist.
The letter did reach its destination, however, and formed the start of a lengthy correspondence: Baudelaire sent 74 letters and notes, while Maxim recorded his wide-ranging answers on tape.
Just as in his previous films, controversial stories and unanswered questions form the fuel in Letters to Max for a ‘journey’, whose destination is unknown at the beginning. The result is an extraordinary chronicle of a close friendship, interwoven with the unusual history (and beautiful, everyday images) of a stateless state, a country as real as it is imaginary, a space between different realities. With Critics' Talk on Tue 27-1 in the lobby of LantarenVenster
Director
Eric Baudelaire
Country of production
France
Production Year
2014
Festival Edition
IFFR 2015
Length
103'
Medium
DCP
Languages
English, Russian, Abkhazian
Producer
Eric Baudelaire
Production Company
Poulet-Malassis
Sales
Poulet-Malassis
Screenplay
Eric Baudelaire
Cinematography
Eric Baudelaire
Editor
Eric Baudelaire, Laure Vermeersch
Sound Design
Juliette Navis, Jean Holtzmann, Julien Bonvinci
Website
http://baudelaire.net