Germany, Georgia, France


The early 90s, in Tbilisi, the capital of the newly independent Georgia after the collapse of the Soviet Union: The country is facing violence, war on the Black Sea coast (Abkhazia) and vigilant justice that plague society. But for Eka and Natia, 14-year-old inseparable friends, life just unfolds; in the street, at school, with friends or the elder sister. Although they are already dealing with men’s dominance, early marriage and disillusioned love, for these two girls in bloom, life just starts.

Director's Statement

The story is inspired by Nanaʼs personal memories of her youth in the troubled early 1990s in Georgia. We thought about the relation between young people and the time and cultural context in which they live. For us, this film was a journey into the past and present and a look into tomorrow. What can be considered part of a culture and where is the limit after which culture can no longer justify certain behaviours? As we grappled with these questions, we discovered that our actors, two 14-year-old girls, were open, unprejudiced and passionate and were quite perceptive despite their inexperience in life. A teenager is a teenager, no matter from which country he or she is. All teenagers share one characteristic: they search. Our characters search for their female identity in a context full of violence, love and revenge and question whether love can justify killing someone. The answer seems clear – of course, not. But what if you are confronted with this question and you only have fourteen years of life experience and live in a country steeped in chaos, anarchy and vigilante justice? Whom do you look up to? What values can help you survive? The universal human traits of the two girls and the passion and profundity of our characters and the actors who portray them - these are the pillars on which the film rests and which made it possible to bring this story to the big screen.

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Simon Gross, Nana Ekvtimishvili

Written by: Nana Ekvtimishvili

Produced by: Simon Gross, Marc Waechter, Guillaume de Seille

Cinematography: Oleg Mutu

Editing: Stefan Stabenow

Production Design: Konstantine Japharidze

Costume Design: Medea Bakradze

Sound: Paata Godziashvili

Cast: Lika Babluani, Mariam Bokeria, Zurab Gogaladze, Data Zakareishvili

Nominations and Awards

  • Feature Film Selection 2013