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IFFR 2021 Tiger Competition

EXCLUSIVE: Trailer for Rotterdam title Bebia, à mon seul désir

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- Juja Dobrachkous’s debut feature will world-premiere in the Tiger Competition at this year’s IFFR

EXCLUSIVE: Trailer for Rotterdam title Bebia, à mon seul désir
Bebia, à mon seul désir by Juja Dobrachkous

Following the death of her grandmother, Bebia, 17-year-old model Ariadna returns to Georgia to attend the funeral. Back in her motherland, she receives an unusual and unexpected request: according to an ancient local tradition, Ariadna, as the youngest member of the family, is responsible for reuniting the body and soul of her grandmother by connecting a thread from the place of her death to the resting body. At first reluctant to fulfil such a bizarre-sounding ritual, Ariadna soon finds herself carrying a single line of thread across 25 km of unspoiled Georgian countryside, accompanied by Temo, a young man and family friend of uncertain motives. Traversing this exhausting and raw terrain over a number of days and nights, Ariadna is forced to confront the impact that the complex, sometimes cruel matriarch Bebia had on her not-so-distant childhood. This is the fascinating story told in Juja Dobrachkous’s debut feature, Bebia, à mon seul désir [+see also:
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, set to world-premiere in the Tiger Competition at this year’s IFFR (1-7 February 2021).

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Born in Soviet Russia and a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Moscow, Dobrachkous is a filmmaker, writer and painter based in London. Before working on her first feature-length project, she published two works of fiction, and her short stories Rubber Baby (2011) and Very Scary and a Bit Shameful (2019) have appeared in several anthologies of modern Russian literature, as well as a number of magazines.

Talking about the development of the drama, Dobrachkous explained: “The idea for Bebia, à mon seul désir came from my own childhood memories, painful and hidden at first, until they became more confident and begged for release. A person occupies two spaces at once, the past and the present. This duality is found in Ariadna, the protagonist of the story. As I developed the plot, a chance meeting on a plane revealed a particular death and burial tradition rooted in Mingrelia, a historic province in the western part of Georgia: when a person dies outside of the house, the youngest member of the family must reunite the soul with the body by connecting a piece of string from the place of death to the corpse, no matter the distance. I thought it was fantastic! That is how my Ariadna found her purpose and the script its location. Georgia, for me, is a place of tears, where tragedy and comedy go hand in hand. In other words, it was the perfect setting for a drama.”

The main cast members are Anastasia Davidson, Anushka Andronikashvili, Guliko Gurgenidze, Alexander Glurjidze, Anastasia Chanturaia and Ana Chiradze. Meanwhile, the creative team behind this effort includes DoP Veronica Solovyeva, editor Andrey Klychnikov and sound designer Stefan Smith.

Bebia, à mon seul désir was produced by the director herself and Olga Dykhovichnaya for UK-based studio Twice a Day. Stephen Minervino, Lubov’ Duiko and Oxana Virko served as the executive producers. Its sales are being handled by Endorphin Film Sales.

Check out our exclusive trailer below:

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