The director was inspired by his daughter's question why he doesn't make films for children, and he attempted to make for her a film about the world in which she lives and dreams.
The camera turned into a fairy-tale instrument describing adventures across the continents as well as the baker and his son living in the same street. For this reason, the film may become a tin of the girl's preserved memories labelled with her father's magical touch. His subjective commentary (a letter of emotional confession) is augmented by the possibilities the film art offers, by playful tricks, blending of images, colouring, and retrospective.
Eric Pauwels was born in 1953 in Antwerpen, Flanders, Belgium. He is a director and writer, known for Letter from a Filmmaker to His Daughter (2002), La Deuxième Nuit (2016) and Voyage Iconographique: Le martyre de Saint-Sébastien (1989).
Film 2: My English Grandfather
(Also known as Robinson Crusoe in Georgia)
Director: Nana Jorjadze (Georgia)
Language: Russian (English S/T) Duration: 1 hr 9 min
In early 20th century Georgia, in a distant Georgian village, a worker appears from the English telegraph company Hughes. He faithfully takes care of telephone poles, likes to box, and stands for the honor of women and his homeland. Then, he falls in love with the most beautiful woman in the village, having become an enemy to her brother, a Bolshevik. Love inspires the Englishman, and he remains in Georgia even after all Hughes employees have been recalled home. Frustrated with insults to his country made by the Bolsheviks, the man is enraged and destroys a Bolshevik banner. He is then forced to flee his property, to the three meter territory of a telephone pole, which was purchased by the British government. In these three meters he will live in expectation of love, and, as in turns out, his own senseless death.
Nana Jorjadze (Georgia / 1948) is a Georgian film director, scriptwriter and actress. Jorjadze graduated first from a local musical school (1966), and then from the architectural department at the Tbilisi State Academy of Fine Arts (1972). Having worked as an architect in the years 1968-74, she enrolled in the Tbilisi State Theatre Institute which she completed in 1980. She debuted as an actress with the film Some Interviews on Personal Mattersin 1977; and as a director with A Journey to Sopotin 1979. Her 1987 work Robinsonada or My English Grandfatherwas a breakthrough which won her the Caméra d'Or at the 1987 Cannes Film Festival, and both critical and popular acclaim. She moved to France early in the 1990s and directed several films including A Chef in Love (1996) which became the first, and so far the only, Georgian film to be nominated for the Academy Award.