DOK LEIPZIG 30 OCTOBER – 5 NOVEMBER 2017
60TH INTERNATIONAL LEIPZIG FESTIVAL FOR DOCUMENTARY AND ANIMATED FILM
DOK Leipzig Film Festival

City of the Sun


City of the Sun




CATALOGUE TEXT
Chiatura once set the pulse of the times. With the biggest manganese mine in the world, the city was a motor of the Soviet heavy industry. When Rati Oneli arrives, those days are over. Few things are moving, except for his camera which moves to capture a wide screen shot. Or perhaps there are: the minds and bodies of a music teacher, a miner and two young female athletes who persevere in what has become a ghost town. Oneli combines their portraits in a thrilling atmospheric tale that invokes the Georgian national epic and is enriched by suggestive music, giving a narrative form to his long film debut that at least gets the documentary elements flowing.

Zaza Rusadze

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Credits
Original Title: Mzis qalaqi
Country: Georgia, USA, Qatar, Netherlands
Year: 2017
Language: Georgian
Subtitle: English
Runtime: 100 min.
Format: DCP
Color: Colour
Director: Rati Oneli
Producer: Dea Kulumbegashvili, Rati Oneli, Jim Stark
Cinematographer: Arseni Khachaturan
Editor: Ramiro Suárez
Sound: Sonia Matrosova, Alexey Kobzar
Script: Dea Kulumbegashvili, Rati Oneli
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The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig 2017 catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author's name. All articles where no author’s name is given are production notes.