Georgia’s official submission for the 2014 Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award!
“Electrifyingly well made.”– Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine
“Superb, radiant performances… beautifully observed… a gently pro-feminist message about young girls defying ancient patriarchal traditions.” - Stephen Dalton, Hollywood Reporter
“Astute, observant…tough and unsentimental… In Bloom balances a strong, implicit feminist sensibility with a sympathetic sense of the power of tradition.” – AO Scott, New York Times
The award-winning In Bloom is a profoundly moving story of two young girls navigating the oppressive familial and societal expectations of post-Soviet Georgia. Tbilisi, 1992: the newly independent state must fend for itself even as civil war rages in the provinces. For 14-year-old best friends Eka and Natia, childhood comes to an abrupt halt amidst the turmoil. But like most schoolgirls, they're far more concerned with gossip, music and exercising their budding sexual power over the boys. Class beauty Natia attracts the attention of not only the handsome Lado, but also local thug Kote. But when Lado gifts Natia with a pistol, the provocative gesture fractures the lives of both girls and tests their relationship in ways they could never have anticipated. Based on writer and co-director Nana Ekvtimishvili's own childhood experiences, and featuring radiant performances and beautiful cinematography, In Bloom has the rich texture of authentic lived experience.(Dir. by Nana Ekvtimishvili & Simon Gross, 2013, Georgia/Germany/France, in Georgian with subtitles, 102 mins., Not Rated, Big World Pictures) Digital