*The Wishing Tree (Natvris khe/Drevo zhelanii)*. 1977. USSR. Co-written and Directed by Tengiz Abuladze. Image courtesy of UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Natvris khe Drevo zhelanii. 1977. USSR. Co-written and Directed by Tengiz Abuladze. In Georgian; English subtitles. 108 min.

With Lika Davtaradze, Soso Dchatchvliani, Zaza Kolelishvili. The textures of folk legend and striking visual allegory permeate The Wishing Tree, an episodic pastorale set in the pre-Revolutionary village of Kachetien (the birthplace of the famous painter Pirosmani). Drawing on Pirosmani’s vision, as well as on Brueghel, Abuladze, one of Georgian cinema’s greatest treasures, creates a work that is manifold in meaning. Some 22 stories are woven into the narrative, which centers on a beautiful young woman who is forced to marry a man she does not love; her unsanctioned love for another leads her to ritual disgrace and sacrifice. Death opens the film and closes it, but in between The Wishing Tree is abundant with life.

  1. Wednesday, October 15, 2014,
    7:00 p.m.

    T1, Theater 1
  2. Tuesday, September 30, 2014,
    7:00 p.m.

    T2, Theater 2