World premiere: Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2021, East of the West Competition
In a residential tower in Tbilisi and an isolated home on the city’s outskirts live two seemingly disparate families. Keti and her teenage son Nika live typical urban existences, busy yet unfulfilled; while miles away, trapped in bucolic boredom, Tamara teaches choir and tends to her elderly father, Otar. Yet fate conspires, and their lives irrevocably entwine, one late summer’s night when Nika’s car collides with Otar, setting in motion a series of events that will pile as much misery on one family as it will present possibilities for the other.
Made with a keen inventiveness and droll absurdism that belies its tragic subject matter, Otar’s Death is a story of modern disillusionments and intertwining lives, and a study of the stunted and the restless in contemporary Georgian society. Giving equal weight to each perspective, debut director loseb “Soso” Bliadze opens an alluring and nonjudgmental window onto some of the lesser-seen places and lesser-seen people of his country's capitol.