My Happy Family

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Georgia | 2017 | 120 minutes | Nana Ekvtimishvili

This story of female freedom from filmmaking couple Nana & Simon (In Bloom), already hailed by critics as one of the best films of the year, follows a middle-aged Georgian woman who leaves her shocked family without explanation in order to find herself a quiet life.

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Manana, a teacher, lives with her large, loud, and lively family-three generations of them-in a cramped apartment in Tbilisi, Georgia. But one day she finds that the nagging and the shouting, the demands on her time and attention, the complete lack of privacy or quiet have all become too much. She's had enough; she decides to move out. Her family is incredulous and utterly uncomprehending; they're more concerned with what their friends and neighbors will think of her unconventional behavior. Manana perseveres. She finds a modest two-room flat across town, and she breathes easier from the moment she opens the French doors to let in the fresh air. Her freedom has been hard-won, and she savors it, thriving like the tomato plants she cultivates on her windowsill-until an eventful high-school reunion forces her to reconcile the present with the past. In their second feature together, directors Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Gross (In Bloom) continue their thoughtful, nuanced examination of women's lives in Georgia, where individual acts of resistance can have dramatic consequences, and patriarchal traditions are changing-slowly.

Director Biography

Filmmakers Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Gross have teamed up for various projects, starting with Fata Morgana in 2007. From there they went on to work together on the short film Waiting for Mum (2011) and the feature-length In Bloom (2013). My Happy Family is their fourth project together.

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  • Director: Nana Ekvtimishvili
  • Principal Cast: Ia Shugliashvili, Merab Ninidze, Berta Khapava, Tsisia Qumsishvili, Giorgi Tabidze, Dimitri Oragvelidze
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: Georgia, Germany, France
  • Year: 2017
  • Running Time: 120 minutes
  • Producer: Jonas Katzenstein, Maximilian Leo
  • Screenplay: Nana Ekvtimishvili
  • Cinematographers: Tudor Vladimir Panduru
  • Editors: Stefan Stabenow
  • Music: Paata Godziashvili
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: In Bloom (2013); Fata Morgana (2007)
  • Language: Georgian
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: Netflix
  • International Sales: Memento Films International