Corn Island

Contemporary World Cinema

SIFF Says:

The Inguri River forms a natural border separating Georgia from AbkhaziaEllison Center UW, Eurochannel, two nations whose tensions have not abated since the war of 1992-93. Every spring, the river brings fertile soil from the Caucasus down to the plains, creating tiny islands that act as havens for wildlife and for local peasants who find them perfect for the cultivation of a crop to supplement their income. This fable-like drama, from George Ovashvilli, (SIFF 2009 New Directors Award winner), shot on 35mm, captures the inexorable cycle of life in this harsh but stunning place as an old Abkhaz farmer and his teenage granddaughter plough the earth in preparation for a corn harvest. As his granddaughter blossoms into womanhood and the corn ripens, border patrol boats from the two feuding countries frequently pass, and when a fugitive on the lam finds refuge among the cornstalks, the farmer is reminded of the dangers—both natural and manmade—of cultivating in no man’s land.

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Film Credits
George Ovashvili
Ilyas Salman, Mariam Buturishvili, Irakli Samushia, Tamer Levent
SIFF 2015