Georgia, Georgia


Marie is a girl who has a vivid imagination. On the flat island of Texel, she dreams about mountains and even collects pictures of them. She feels oppressed by the strict religious island community and its narrow-minded way of life. Secretly, she dances in the evening on the cracks of two loose boards in her room. She would rather like to do something with her life instead of marrying Paul, the beachcomber’s son. But being the only girl in a big and poor family during war time, she doesn’t seem to have much of a choice. The relationships and positions are tightened even more by the reality of war. Marie tries to outlive this reality by dreaming. From the moment a regiment of Georgians are stationed on the island, Marie’s life changes and flourishes. With their film, music, and especially with their inventive, unusual survival strategies and entirely different life style, this isolated group of outsiders and in particular the young soldier Goga opens the way to Marie. Through them, she becomes the person who realizes all her dreams without fear.

Director's Statement

The blossoming of Marie through the confrontation with another culture during a period of crisis, makes The Aviatrix of Kazbek into a heart-warming plea for fantasy as a weapon against terror. The encounter of two completely different cultures in The Aviatrix of Kazbek is a recognisable and contemporary subject; initial distrust towards the unknown, but eventual recognition and even appreciation of something new. This meeting between cultures leads to conflict and reconciliation, to misunderstandings and friendship; to tragic but sometimes also comic situations. The pressure that the horrors of war put on common people, is unfortunately also a contemporary subject. Whether it is applied to the situation in Iraq, Afghanistan, the (civil) wars in Georgia, or the Second World War, relations and positions within a society are sharpened. Who is good, who is bad, but also who are the silent conformists? Such a community under the pressure of war is the backdrop of our story, and our heroine is actually just trying to escape that reality by dreaming.

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Ineke Smits

Written by: Arthur Japin

Produced by: Els Vandevorst

Cinematography: Piotr Kukla

Editing: Katarina Türler

Production Design: Diana van de Vossenberg

Cast: Rick Paul van Mulligen, Peter Lohmeyer, Madelief Blanken, Zura Zhghenti, Kakha Kintsurasvili, Anamaria Marinca

Nominations and Awards

  • Feature Film Selection 2010