FOLDS AND CRACKS
a film by Zaza Rusadze
A young rock climber envisions the beautiful mountain landscape with dried lake as a non-accessible place of his desire. The place, which he takes to be real, only exists in his dreams as a conceptual idea.
One day he wakes up in the reality of ongoing war, which he sees as flood of images on TV screen: tanks rolling, soldiers shooting and old ancient forests burning… Longing to escape the war and discover the illusionary place of his fantasy, he creates an imaginary friend to follow him throughout his dreamy journey.
Together with his made-up friend he starts ascending high rocks and mountains, so he could stand above the clouds and escape the war images in beauty of nature. Soon he finds himself alone in sad revelation. Apparently the woods in his illusionary escape world have caught the fire and not only the forests in TV images.
a Zazarilm poduction in collaboration with Sanguko Films
with - Ilo Beroshvili and Rezi Chkheidze
Screenplay by - Zaza Rusadze and Nika Machaidze
Discovery Award at the 19th Cottbus Festival of East European Cinema
19th Film Festival of Eastern European Cinema Cottbus, Germany
Bringing to my mind the war days in August 2008 in Georgia, I see myself glued to TV screen and obsessively following the news coverage. I kept asking myself whether it was possible to escape the war? Whereas Russian fighter jets were still flying across the airspace of my home country and bombing Georgian cities, I felt the need to transcend my war witnessing experience into an abstract vision of the film. FOLDS AND CRACKS was shot on video with limited technical possibilities in 4 days.
FOLDS AND CRACKS is my poetical respond to absurd hostilities in August 2008 in Georgia. This war resulted not only in killing and banishment of Georgian, Osetian and Russian people and devastation of some concrete geographical places, but also endangered the possibility of impossible – peace in my home country, maybe sadly also on our planet…