Khibula (2017)



Director – George Ovashvili.
Writers – Roelof Jan Minneboo, George Ovashvili.
Producers – George Ovashvili, Eike Goreczka, Christoph Kukula, Guillaume de Seille.

Premiered at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, official selection – competition.


Based on a true story, film describes the final days of life of Zviad Gamsakhurdia - the first president of our country and the most controversial figure in Georgian politics with a huge army of devoted supporters and a huge group of archenemies. It took almost ten years to make this film. Director was rejected to finance the project many times due to its thematic subject. Political restrictions made the project to delay, but not cancel. Finally, after getting the financial sources, director started shooting and the threats from different interested groups started to come. However the process did not stop. After the film release, the audience split into two parts: excited and outrage.

It was truly an ambitious production with difficult locations and severe climate. Shooting period for the 100-member crew lasted for 2 months in the unapproachable mountains. 12 working hours were mostly spent in the rainy, windy and/or snowy exteriors – villages, forests, mountainsides.


Photos of the Shooting