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Beginning

Acclaimed Georgian feature film debut about a Jehovah’s Witness who is confronted with religious and patriarchal oppression in a rural community.

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Please note that this film is in Georgian, with Dutch subtitles.
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In a remote Georgian village, a Jehovah’s Witness community is attacked by an extremist group. In the midst of this conflict, the familiar world of Yana, the wife of the community leader, slowly crumbles. The steadfast couple now stands at the crossroads of continuing to reside in hostile territory and honouring their commitment to a higher power. David manages to obtain CCTV footage of the attack and Yana, who is searching for purpose in life, becomes fixated on justice. Her path to retribution leads her to a confrontation with a local police officer that triggers an irreversible series of traumatic events.

BEGINNING is the harrowing and sensorial debut feature from Dea Kulumbegashvili. Impeccably shot on 35mm, edited by Matthieu Taponier (SON OF SAUL) and with original music by experimental electronic composer Nicolás Jaar, BEGINNING is an unsettling plummet down a rabbit hole.

Dea Kulumbegashvili, Georgië, France, 2020, 130 min. Georgian spoken, Dutch subtitles. With Ia Sukhitashvili, Rati Oneli, Kakha Kintsurashvili, Saba Gogichaishvili, Ia Kokiashvili.
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