*Jariskatsis mama (Father of a Soldier)*. 1964. USSR. Directed by Rezo Chkeidze. Courtesy of UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Djariskatsis mama Otets soldata. 1965. USSR. Directed by Rezo Chkheidze. In Russian, Georgian; English subtitles. 83 min.

With Sergo Zakariadze. This old-fashioned tale of a father’s love for his son is the most beloved of all Georgian films due to its unapologetically heroic portrait of a taciturn Georgian farmer looking for his son in the midst of war. Throughout his harrowing journey into the heart of the fascist advancement and eventual Bolshevik comeback, the farmer’s love of the land is consistently contrasted with the waste of war. The incomparable Zakariadze perfectly inhabits the role, giving extra weight the the film’s devastating conclusion.

  1. Monday, October 13, 2014,
    7:00 p.m.

    T2, Theater 2
  2. Wednesday, October 8, 2014,
    7:00 p.m.

    T2, Theater 2