PANOPTICON

By George SIKHARULIDZE

ARIZONA PRODUCTIONS - as PROD

Drama - Development 2020

After his father abandons him to become a monk, a sixteen-year-old SANDRO, struggles to reconcile his growing devotion to God and his awakening sexuality, which manifests in uncontrollable ways and leads him to questionable actions, as he searches for meaning and belonging in the turbulent society of post-Soviet Georgia.

    • Year of production
    • 2020
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • GEORGIA, FRANCE, ROMANIA
    • Languages
    • GEORGIAN
    • Budget
    • 0.6 - 1 M$
    • Duration
    • 100 mn
    • Director(s)
    • George SIKHARULIDZE
    • Producer(s)
    • Vladimer KATCHARAVA (20 STEPS PRODUCTIONS), Anamaria ANTOCI (TANGAJ)
    • Synopsis
    • In 2018, well after the dissolution of the Soviet atheism, Georgia is the country of growing Orthodox Christianity. Rooted in this Fundamentalism are the emerging Fascist organizations, which perpetuate conservative values on nationalism, religion and sexuality. One such battle is against sex clubs and brothels run by Muslim immigrants that offer a solution for Georgian youth in a country where premarital sex is a religious taboo for girls, but a cultural mandate for boys.

      A 16 year-old Sandro is at a formative moment in his life when his single father abandons him to become a monk. Vulnerable and susceptible to ideological influences, Sandro’s mind and body are pulled from all directions – he must navigate between his search for a father figure which results in a growing devotion to God; the influence of the Fascist organizations on young boys and his pure love for his girlfriend, all of which is in direct conflict with his awakening sexuality that begins to manifest in immoral ways.
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