KHIBULA

By George OVASHVILI

ARIZONA PRODUCTIONS - as PROD

Drama - Completed 2017

Out of all of the former Soviet countries, Georgia was the first to elect a President, but he was
also the sole one to be found dead. This film follows him during his last days.

Festivals
& Awards

Karlovy Vary 2017
Competition
Golden Apricot - Yerevan IFF 2017
Oostende 2017
Vlissingen 2017
Haifa 2017
Cottbus 2017
Sao Paulo IFF 2017
    • Year of production
    • 2017
    • Genres
    • Drama, Historical, Biography
    • Countries
    • GEORGIA, GERMANY, FRANCE
    • Languages
    • GEORGIAN
    • Budget
    • 1 - 3 M$
    • Duration
    • 100 mn
    • Director(s)
    • George OVASHVILI
    • Producer(s)
    • George OVASHVILI (Alamdary), Eike GORECZKA (42films)
    • Synopsis
    • The Soviet Union collapsed in 1991 and Georgians were able to elect their first president; Zviad
      Gamsakhurdia. His presidency turned out to be rather brief. In 1991 his opponents succeeded in
      overthrowing him and as a result Gamsakhurdia was forced into exile. The political chaos that
      followed the coup d’etat pushed Georgia into a civil war followed by a war in Abkhazia.
      In 1992, Gamsakhurdia and his supporters reappeared in western Georgia and he continued to
      promote himself as the legitimate President of Georgia. He was still recognized as such by many.
      Clashes between pro & anti Gamsakhurdia forces continued throughout 1992 to 1993 and
      Gamsakhurdia’s supporters managed some progress but were rapidly driven out by the
      governmental forces. These events forced him into his second exile.
      Our story begins here. Accompanied by a prime minister and a handful of security guards, he
      finds shelter in the mountains though he is often forced to change the place of his location. The
      main reason for this is the news about the phantom chasers that allegedly were sent on a mission
      to annihilate him. The invisible threat is a big psychological burden on the ex-president. It looks
      as if these men on his trail are deliberately pushing him either to commit a suicide or to be killed
      by one of his associates. In addition, they also manage to manipulate him into believing that an
      armed group of his supporters are still waiting for his reappearance to make a new effort and
      restore his presidency.
      Winter in the Georgian mountains is severe. After exhausting themselves wandering from place to
      place and a number of spectacular adventures, the ex-president and his supporters manage to
      find the alleged location of the armed group of his supporters, but it turns out that they are
      already gone. Gamsakhurdia’s last hope now perishes. He understands that this is the trap and the end of his wandering. From now on, he is the one who has to make decision about what to do next···.
      Zviad Gamsakhurdia died in circumstances that are still unclear. His body was found with a single
      bullet wound in the head. A variety of reasons have been given for his death, which is still
    • Partners & financing
    • NGFC, MDM, ACM, MDM, Eurimages
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Mar 01, 2016
    • End of shooting
    • Apr 29, 2016
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