Deutsche Version

Mzis qalaqi

English title: City of the Sun
Director: Rati Oneli    → show biography   
Country: Georgia, USA, Qatar
Year: 2017
Synopsis: Up to 50 percent of the world’s manganese, a vital metal across the globe, used to be mined in Chiatura, in western Georgia. Today, it resembles an apocalyptic ghost town. Mzis qalaqi portrays a few of the remaining inhabitants. Music teacher Zurab dismantles ramshackle concrete buildings and sells the iron girders to make some money on the side. Archil still works in the mine but his real passion is the local amateur theatre group. Despite being malnourished, two young female athletes still train stoically for the next Olympic Games. In his documentary debut, director Rati Oneli provides fascinating insights into a living environment whose bleak industrial ruins appear at once colossal and like a film set. A jumble of clapped out electric wires and aging cable cars runs through the city like the clogged-up arteries of an ailing organism that resists the flow of life in untiring fashion. Mzis qalaqi brings home the ephemeral nature of utopias. In a city where the sun never shines, it’s only the inhabitants that generate warmth. Oneli succeeds in achieving far more than the mining companies are capable of: His camera brings that most valuable of resources to the surface – humanity. (Forum catalog, Ansgar Vogt)
Language: Georgian
Forum participation year: 2017

Technical Attributes

Format: DCP
Rental status: to rent
Version: original language version with subtitles
Subtitle language: English
Resolution: 2048x858
Size: 53 GiB
Container: DCP-Interop
Codec: JPEG2000 HC-SUB
Running time (minutes): 104
Color: color
Sound: 5.1
Aspect ratio: 1:2,39
Frames per second: 24