Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Cannes 1984: Dial G for Georgia

 Daney's shortest review ever?

Dial G for Georgia

Depressing presence of a Soviet film in the official competition yesterday evening: Day is Longer Than Night. Those that selected a Georgian film directed by a woman (Lana Gogoberidze) may have thought it would disarm the critics. They were wrong. Synopsis: “Life in a tiny Georgian village from the beginning of the century to present day. The heroine, Eva, is a simple Georgian country woman whose destiny mirrors the changes happening in the village. Her life, filled with drama, is shaped by a tireless quest for justice and truth…!”

You don’t want to hear more about it, right? You couldn’t bear it. Moreover, unlike what is generally the case with these made-for-festival Soviet-films, this one is not even polished! It falls below the minimal technical standards! Quick, boycott, everyone!

Published in Libération on 18 May 1984. Translation by Laurent Kretzschmar and Srikanth Srinivasan.

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