Drawing Lots

  • 84'
  • Georgia
  • 2023

The late Georgian writer, filmmaker and university professor, Zaza Khalvashi, delivers a quirky yet genuine tale of mundanity in this posthumously produced feature, completed with the help of his daughter Tamta Khalvashi. Drawing Lots is a vignette of a seaside community where an apartment block and courtyard serve as an amphitheatre for the mysterious power dynamics that play out in the residents’ intertwined lives.

Reminiscent of the misplaced climaxes of petty neighbourhood scheming and idiosyncratic localities distinctive of Béla Tarr’s films, and the deadpan undertones captured across Aki Kaurismäki’s oeuvre, the black-and-white presentation of Drawing Lots manifests a curious depth to common interactions. Khalvashi masterfully offers the audience only glimpses into the secrets and dreams of the apartment complex’s everyday figures: a melodramatic electric guitarist, unrequited love-struck teenagers, a classical violinist in a mid-life crisis, and a recently returned criminal. These fleeting snapshots create intrigue and tension as their daily lives and voyeuristic tendencies collide.

Khalvashi uses actors from the Batumi Theatre, along with non-actors, to fastidiously and farcically examine the dualities of life. Dark pasts and conflicts can be overthrown in the round by a surrender to unity, as the characters find a certain redemption in being able to support each other as individuals and as a community.

 

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Directors
Zaza Khalvashi, Tamta Khalvashi
Premiere
World premiere
Countries of production
Georgia, Lithuania
Year
2023
Festival Edition
IFFR 2023
Length
84'
Medium
DCP
Original title
Lotto
Language
Georgian
Producers
Sulkhan Turmanidze, Ieva Norviliene, Tekla Machavariani
Production Companies
BAFIS, Tremora, Nushi Films
Sales
EastWest Filmdistribution GmbH
Screenplay
Zaza Khalvashi
Cinematography
Giorgi Shvelidze
Editor
Levan Kukhashvili
Sound Design
Jonas Maksvytis
Music
Minco Eggersman
Cast
Inga Jakhutashvili, Guladi Goguadze, Leila Bibineishvili, Anri Mutidze, Omar Beridze
Local Distributor
MOOOV

Tickets

Q&As are subject to change and may be cancelled at the last minute
  • In Person
    Friday 27 January 2023
    Pathé 4
    With Q&A+EN subtitles
  • In Person
    Saturday 28 January 2023
    Cinerama 4
    For professionals
  • In Person
    Saturday 28 January 2023
    Cinerama 6
    With Q&A+EN subtitles
  • In Person
    Tuesday 31 January 2023
    KINO 4
    EN subtitles
  • In Person
    Saturday 04 February 2023
    Pathé 3
    EN subtitles
Directors
Zaza Khalvashi, Tamta Khalvashi
Premiere
World premiere
Countries of production
Georgia, Lithuania
Year
2023
Festival Edition
IFFR 2023
Length
84'
Medium
DCP
Original title
Lotto
Language
Georgian
Producers
Sulkhan Turmanidze, Ieva Norviliene, Tekla Machavariani
Production Companies
BAFIS, Tremora, Nushi Films
Sales
EastWest Filmdistribution GmbH
Screenplay
Zaza Khalvashi
Cinematography
Giorgi Shvelidze
Editor
Levan Kukhashvili
Sound Design
Jonas Maksvytis
Music
Minco Eggersman
Cast
Inga Jakhutashvili, Guladi Goguadze, Leila Bibineishvili, Anri Mutidze, Omar Beridze
Local Distributor
MOOOV