Release date:January 10, 2014
(NY; LA release: Feb. 7)
Studio:Big World Pictures
Directors:Nana Ekvtimishvili, Simon Gross
Starring:Lika Babluani, Mariam Bokeria, Zurab Gogaladze, Data Zakareishvili, Ana Nijaradze, Maiko Ninua, Tamar Bukhnikashvili, Temiko Chichinadze
"In Bloom," the directorial debut of Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Gross, is inspired by Nana's personal memories of her youth in the troubled early 1990s in Georgia. The film follows inseparable friends Eka and Natia, both fourteen years old and at the end of their childhood in the early nineties Tbilisi, the capital of the newly independent Georgia after the collapse of the Soviet Union. The country is facing violence, war on the Black Sea coast (Abkhazia) and vigilante justice that plague society. But for Eka and Natia, life just unfolds: in the street, at school, with friends or elder sisters who are already dealing with male dominance, early marriage and disillusioned love. For these two girls in bloom, life just goes on...