NAMME

  • Feature
  • 2017
  • 91 Minutes
  • Georgia, Lithuania

Ali’s family has inherited a mission – taking care of a local healing water and curing sick fellow villagers with it. Three sons are skeptical and only the young daughter Namme stays as the guardian of family traditions.

Director: Zaza Khalvashi

Screenwriter: Zaza Khalvashi

Production Company: Georgian National Film Centre


Film Critic

Gaurdian’s outburstfamily tradition

Mina Akbari

MIna Akbari

Namme is a female narrative without issuing a manifesto from solitary and isolation in a patriarchal world in a Georgian village. The screenplay is based on national legends and stories which shows us a mystic experience of slow cinema. Ali’s family has inherited a mission – taking care of a local healing water and curing sick fellow villagers with it. Three sons are skeptical and only the young daughter Namme stays as the guardian of family traditions. In parallel, a hydro power station is being constructed locally and environmental changes are at stakes. One day the spring water starts to disappear and the only fish in the spring becomes sick. Her aging father remembers the old tradition: the water will not return unless sacrifice is made. Namme isn’t allowed to have love affairs, because she loses her power so does the spring water. However, she falls in love and her power gradually fades away, and she slowly becomes unable to cure people. She faces the dilemma to choose between a private life or sacrifice for family traditions to help people. She finally decides to let the fish go.


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Awards

2017: Tokyo International Film Festival, Best Film, Nominee, Japan

2017: Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, Grand Prize, Nominee, Estonia

2019: Palm Springs International Film Festival, Best Foreign Language Film, Nominee, USA

2019: American Society of Cinematographers, Winner, USA


Cast and Crew

Screenwriter: Zaza Khalvashi

DOP / Camera: Giorgi Shvelidze

Editor: Levan Kukhashvili

Sound: Vano Gvaradze, Jonas Maksvytis

Production Designer: Akaki Jashi

Producer: Sulkhan Turmanidze, Ieva Norviliene

Cast: Aleko Abashidze, Mariska Diasamidze


Director

Zaza Khalvashi

Zaza Khalvashi was born on May 17, 1957 in Batumi, Georgian SSR, USSR. He is a director and writer, known for Solomon (2015), Namme (2017) and Mizerere (1996).

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