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

The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear

The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear

It all began with a casting. In 2011, filmmaker Tinatin Gurchiani was looking for young people aged between 15 and 25 who thought their lives were particularly well suited for the cinema. Older people came, and younger ones, too. Everyone was interviewed: about their desires and goals, love and war, positioned against the crumbling plaster of the pale blue wall of a gym. The shot Gurchiani used to present her protagonists is called an “American shot” and is part of the cinematographic folklore of the western movie: a frame which brings out the cowboy’s guns. Or which reveals that the gunslinger doesn’t carry guns at all.

Zaza Rusadze


Original Title: Manqana, romelic kvelafers gaaqrobs
Country: Georgia, Germany
Year: 2012
Language: Georgian
Subtitle: English
Runtime: 101 min.
Format: DCP
Color: Colour
Director: Tinatin Gurchiani
Producer: Tamar Gurchiani (Alethea Ltd)
Cinematographer: Andreas Bergmann
Editor: Nari Kim
Music: Mahan Mobashery, Marian Mentrup
Sound: Michael Krajczok
Script: Tinatin Gurchiani

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.