Spring Grant 2014 - Production Stage
Current project status: COMPLETED
Dina lives in a remote village high in the Georgian mountains, where traditions have remained the same for centuries. Her marriage has been arranged, but when handsome Gegi returns from war, she falls in love with him and they elope. Estranged from her family, Dina has a child and is widowed. In traditional Svaneti culture, a widow must marry the first man who asks for her hand, so when Levan proposes, Dina is forced to leave her old life behind, never to see her child again. When the child falls deathly ill, Dina and Levan unite against the traditional village elders to save her.
- Mariam Khatchvani
- Mariam Khatchvani
- Vladimer Katcharava
About the Director
Writer-director Mariam Khatchvani was born in Ushguli, Svaneti, and studied film directing at the Shota Rustaveli State Film University. She has directed several documentaries, including ‘Verdzoba’ (2006), ‘Beyond the Window’ (2007) and ‘Lichanishi and Kvirikoba’ (2009). In 2013, she made the short film ‘Dinola’, which won 18 awards at European film festivals and was selected for La Fabrique des Cinémas du Monde at the Festival de Cannes. Funded by the Georgian National Film Centre, it was hugely successful and screened at more than 30 film festivals and was one of five nominees for Best Short Film at the European Film Awards in 2014. After seeing ‘Dinola’, the Sundance Institute invited Khatchvani and writer-producer Vladimer Katcharava to attend the 2015 Screenwriters’ Lab. With lots of help and inspiration from renowned filmmakers including Tobias Lindholm and Catherine Hardwicke, they expanded ‘Dinola’ into the full-length screenplay for ‘Dede’.
Production Company Profile
20 Steps Productions is an independent production company founded in Tbilisi in 2010. The company’s goal is to contribute to the development of the film industry in Georgia. 20 Steps focuses on developing and co-producing independent feature, documentary and animation films that will appeal both to domestic and international audiences. Films currently in post-production include Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s ‘President’ and Ben Hopkins’s ‘Welcome to Darastan’, while Mariam Khachvani’s ‘Dede’ is in pre-production . Completed films include Besik Solomanashvili’s ‘Detonator’ (short; 2013), Sandro Katamashvili’s ‘Granny’ (short; 2013) and Mariam Khachvani’s ‘Dinola’ (short; 2013).
Awards and Festival History
Karlovy Vary Int’l Film Festival 2017, East of the West - Competition (WP)