Georgia, Germany, Kazakhstan, Czech Republic, France, Hungary


The Enguri river forms the border between Georgia and the breakaway republic of Abkhazia. Tensions between the two nations have not abated since the war of 1992–93. Every spring the river brings fertile soil from the Caucasus down to the plains of Abkhazia and northwestern Georgia, creating tiny islands: small clusters of no man’s land.
The islands are havens for wildlife but occasionally also for man. Our story begins when an old Abkhaz farmer sets foot on one of the islands. The old man builds a hut for him and his teenage granddaughter, he ploughs the earth and together they sow corn. As his granddaughter blossoms into womanhood and the corn ripens, the old man is confronted by the inescapable cycle of life.

Cast & Crew

Directed by: George Ovashvili

Written by: George Ovashvili, Roelof-Jan Minneboo, Nugzar Shataidze

Produced by: Nino Devdariani, Eike Goreczka, Guillaume de Seille, Karla Stojakova, Sain Gabdullin, Gabor Ferenczy

Cinematography: Elemér Ragályi

Editing: Kim Sun-Min

Production Design: Ariunsaichan Dawaachu

Costume Design: Ivana Axmanova

Original Score: Josef Bardanashvili

Sound Design: Frédéric Théry

Cast: Ilyas Salman (old man), Mariam Buturishvili (young girl), Tamer Levent (officer), Irakli Samushia (soldier)

Nominations and Awards

  • Feature Film Selection 2015