House of Others (Skhvisi Sakhli)

Rusudan Glurjidze

Georgia, Spain, Russia, Croatia, 2016 / 103 min / Georgian and Russia OV with EN subtitles / Drama, Anti-War

Families uprooted and disoriented by war.

Just after the Georgian civil war in the 1990s, a young family is taken to a forcibly abandoned mountain village in Abkhazia where they are given a house whose previous owners fled the conflict. Under the watchful eye of their neighbour who observes them through the scope of her rifle, amidst the previous inhabitants’ furniture, they attempt to start over in their new house – it never quite achieves to be a home –, a place haunted by the ghosts of past memories and lives lived. For both parties, the conflict has left deep scars that together with the uncertainties of this new, post-Soviet world function as hard to overcome barriers of distrust between the families.

In her debut film – the Georgian entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards – director Rusudan Glurjidze tells a story inspired by her own life as a refugee of the war, hoping to return to and reconnect with her childhood home and memories ever since. Deemed “a ghost story without any ghosts” by The Hollywood Reporter, “House of Others” is a gripping family drama about a war where both sides may have laid down arms, but that nevertheless isn’t over

Tue 07/03 18:30 Cinémathèque GE & RU OV with EN sub. Public
Wed 08/03 21:30 Ciné Utopia GE & RU OV with EN sub. Public
  • East of the West Grand Prix – 51st Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, 2016 (Czech Republic)
  • Grand Prix – Eurasia International Film Festival, 2016 (Kazakhstan)
  • DIALOGUE Prize for Intercultural Communication – Film Festival Cottbus, 2016 (Germany)
  • Cinema Extraordinaire Award – Bergen International Film Festival, 2016 (Norway)
Cast & Credits
Salome Demuria, Ia Sukhitashvili, Olga Dykhovichnaya, Alexander Khundadze, Malkhaz Jorbenadze, Sabina Akhmedova, Zurab Magalashvili, Ekaterine Japaridze, Sandro Khundadze, Branko Djurich
Dato Chubinishvili, Rusudan Glurjidze
Gorka Gómez Andreu
Dario Domitrovic, Dominik Krnjak, Hrvoje Simic
Gogi Mikeladze
Dusan Maksimovsky
Liga Production, Kinoskopik s.l., Embrio Production, Sarke Studio

Rusudan Glurjidze, born 1972 in Tbilisi, Georgia, studied French at the Tbilisi State University, as well as film directing and scriptwriting at the Georgian Film and Theatre Institute. After the collapse of the Soviet Union and the subsequent demise of the Georgian film industry, she directed music clips, ads and worked for national TV. “House of Others“ is her first feature film.

  • 2016 - House of Others (Skhvisi Sakhli)