DOK Leipzig 28 October – 3 November 2019
62nd International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film
DOK Leipzig Film Festival

Don’t Breathe

Don’t Breathe

Levan, a resident of the Georgian capital in his late 40s, is taking a routine medical examination. Afterwards, something strange happens to him: the medication makes his thoughts overflow into the unknown – even question the principles of his own existence. Nino Kirtadze, who is one of Georgia’s internationally most renowned female filmmakers, turns Levan’s “medical history” into a cinema of strong emotions, a black hypochondriac comedy of metaphorical power, not least by borrowing the directorial strategies of feature films. This gives “Don’t Breathe” a slightly separate position among her numerous documentary films – perhaps as a new milestone in an artist’s quest.

Zaza Rusadze


Original Title: La faille
Country: France
Year: 2014
Language: Georgian
Subtitle: English
Runtime: 86 min.
Format: BluRay Disc
Color: Colour
Director: Nino Kirtadze
Producer: Heidi Fleisher, Céline Nusse, Paul Rozenberg
Cinematographer: Andro Sanovich, Tornike Shengelia, Jacek Petrycki, Octavio Santo
Editor: Nino Kirtadze, Christel Aubert, Josianne Zardoya
Sound: Tengo Asitashvili, Benjamin Bober, Stephan Bauer
Script: Nino Kirtadze

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 2018 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.