Georgia has submitted twenty films for Oscar consideration in the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film[nb 1] category since gaining its independence from the USSR in 1991. Georgia received an Oscar nomination for its first-ever submission, A Chef in Love.

Submissions

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited the film industries of various countries to submit their best film for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film since 1956. The Foreign Language Film Award Committee oversees the process and reviews all the submitted films. Following this, they vote via secret ballot to determine the five nominees for the award.[3] This is the list of Georgian submissions for consideration to the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in the Best Foreign Film category.

Year[e]
(Ceremony)
Film title used in nomination Original title Director Language(s) Result
1996
(69th)
A Chef in Love შეყვარებული მზარეულის 1001 რეცეპტი (Sheq’varebuli mzareulis 1001 retsep’t’i) Nana Jorjadze French, Georgian Nominated
1999
(72nd)
Here Comes the Dawn აქ თენდება (Ak tendeba) Zaza Urushadze Georgian Not nominated
2000
(73rd)
27 Missing Kisses ზაფხული, ანუ 27 მოპარული კოცნა (Zapkhuli, anu 27 mop’aruli k’otsna) Nana Jorjadze Georgian, Russian Not nominated
2001
(74th)
Migration of the Angel ანგელოზის გადაფრენა (Angelozis gadaprena) Nodar Managadze Georgian Not nominated
2005
(78th)
Tbilisi-Tbilisi თბილისი-თბილისი Levan Zaqareishvili Georgian Not nominated
2007
(80th)
Russian Triangle რუსული სამკუთხედი (Rusuli samk’utkhedi) Aleko Tsabadze Russian Not nominated
2008
(81st)
Mediator მედიატორი (Mediat’ori) Dito Tsintsadze English, German, Russian Not nominated
2009
(82nd)
The Other Bank[4] გაღმა ნაპირი (Gaghma nap’iri) George Ovashvili Georgian, Abkhaz, Russian Not nominated
2010
(83rd)
Street Days[5] ქუჩის დღეები (Kuchis dgheebi) Levan Koguashvili Georgian Not nominated[6]
2011
(84th)
Chantrapas[7] შანტრაპა (Shant’rap’a) Otar Iosseliani French, Georgian Not nominated
2012
(85th)
Keep Smiling[8] გაიღიმეთ (Gaighimet) Rusudan Chkonia Georgian Not nominated
2013
(86th)
In Bloom[9] გრძელი ნათელი დღეები (Grdzeli nateli dgheebi) Nana Ekvtimishvili, Simon Groß Georgian Not nominated
2014
(87th)
Corn Island[10] სიმინდის კუნძული (Simindis k’undzuli) Giorgi Ovashvili Georgian Made shortlist[11]
2015
(88th)
Moira[12] მოირა Levan Tutberidze Georgian Not nominated
2016
(89th)
House of Others[13] სხვისი სახლი (Skhvisi sakhli) Rusudan Glurjidze Georgian Not nominated
2017
(90th)
Scary Mother[14] საშიში დედა (Sashishi deda) Ana Urushadze Georgian Not nominated
2018
(91st)
Namme[15] ნამე Zaza Khalvashi Georgian Not nominated
2019
(92nd)
Shindisi[16] შინდისი Dito Tsintsadze Georgian Not nominated
2020
(93rd)
Beginning[17] დასაწყისი (Dasats’q’isi) Déa Kulumbegashvili Georgian Not nominated
2021
(94th)
Brighton 4th[18] მეოთხე ბრაიტონი Levan Koguashvili Georgian Not nominated

A Georgian film, Repentance, was nominated by the Soviet Union in 1987. Since achieving independence from the Soviet Union, Georgia has submitted a total of thirteen films since their debut in 1996.

Bittersweet comedies directed by Nana Dzhordzhadze, a Georgian director now based in France, have been submitted twice. A Chef in Love starred French actor Pierre Richard as a renowned French chef who falls in love with a Georgian princess while travelling through the Caucasus in the turbulent 1920s. The film succeeded in getting Georgia's first-ever Oscar nomination. 27 Missing Kisses was a comedy-drama set in a small Georgian village focusing on the love triangle that develops between a pretty teenage girl, the older man with whom she falls in love, and the man's teenage son who loves the girl. Both films were co-productions with France and Pierre Richard also had a supporting role in Kisses. Kisses was considered a dark horse contender for an Oscar nomination, but did not make the final five.

Neither Here Comes the Dawn, a psychological thriller about a politician who flees his wartorn country with his desperately ill child, nor Migration of the Angel, an abstract and allegorical film featuring a number of characters waiting in an underground shopping mail for trains that never seem to come, made a dent on the international film festival circuit. From the same arthouse genre of filmmaking came Tbilisi, Tbilisi, a dark drama about an impoverished, alcoholic filmmaker in the Georgian capital, which was featured at a number of international festivals including Cannes and Stockholm.

In 2007, Georgia selected Russian Triangle, a thriller set in a large unnamed Russian city in which a mixed Russian-Georgian investigator deals with a blind serial killer, Chechen refugees and widespread organized crime. The film won the award for Best CIS/Baltic Film at the 2008 Nika Awards. For the first time, Georgia chose a film which was almost completely in Russian dialogue. In 2008, mystery-thriller Mediator starring an international cast from the UK, Germany, Russia as well as Georgia was selected. It too, was not a Georgian language film.

In 2009, The Other Bank, a film about an ethnic Georgian family separated by the war in Abkhazia, from the young son's point of view, represented Georgia in the foreign film race.

In addition to the films listed above, Georgian director Tengiz Abuladze's Georgian-language drama Repentance was selected to represent the Soviet Union in 1987 to compete for the 1988 Oscar. Although the film received a Golden Globe nomination, it did not make the final five at the Oscars.

A Chef in Love and 27 Missing Kisses were released in English-subtitled versions in some territories.

Notes

a1 : Each year is linked to an article about that particular year in film history.
  1. ^ The category was previously named the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, but this was changed to the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film in April 2019, after the Academy deemed the word "Foreign" to be outdated.[1][2]

See also

References

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  10. ^ "Oscars: Georgia Nominates 'Corn Island' in Foreign-Language Category". Hollywood Reporter. 5 September 2014. Retrieved 5 September 2014.
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  13. ^ Holdsworth, Nick (9 August 2016). "Oscars: Georgia Selects 'House of Others' for Foreign-Language Category". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
  14. ^ Holdsworth, Nick (30 August 2017). "Oscars: Georgia Selects 'Scary Mother' for Foreign-Language Category". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 30 August 2017.
  15. ^ "Georgia announces its bid for 2019 Oscars". Vestnik Kavkaza. 31 August 2018. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
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  18. ^ "ოსკარზე საქართველოს სახელით იბრძოლებს ლევან კოღუაშვილის ფილმი "მეოთხე ბრაიტონი"". Radiotavisupleba. 12 October 2021. Retrieved 12 October 2021.