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Gigi´s Dream - Interview with a dead man

It is 2003 and Viennese film student Gerlinde Schmid travels to Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, the home of talented young animation film student Gigi. The filmmaker has chosen him as the protagonist of her degree project. Her suitcase contains a video camera and a microphone. Her budget does not stretch to expensive equipment or a dedicated camera crew. It is Gerlinde Schmid's first trip to this country on Europe’s frontier: a land fundamentally transformed by the collapse of the Soviet Union.

The people of Georgia, once the poster child of the Soviet Union, now find themselves faced with economic challenges – hardships that have not spared the arts, either, in the new free-market system. Her explorations of the vast, once-famous Georgia Film studios reveal the omnipresent collapse.

Ten years after her first visit, the filmmaker decides to visit Gigi again. Have the young country of Georgia and its film industry managed to forge a path of their own? Have the hopes Gigi had as a young student dreams been fulfilled? But she suffers a difficult setback: Gigi no longer wishes to appear on camera. Defying the obstacles and having faith in a positive future are qualities she admires in the Georgians, and it is this same attitude that helps her to complete her film in spite of Gigi's absence on camera.

Schmid’s journey of discovery results in a documentary that traces the career of a Georgian film student against the backdrop of the young, post-Soviet nation. At the same time, it reflects Georgia's cinematic heritage, which has experienced drastic change through various economic systems. As well as Gigi, the film features Rezo Chkheidze (Father of a Soldier), Merab Saralidze, Nana Janelidze and other great names of Georgian cinema.

  • Gerlinde Schmid
  • Gerlinde Schmid
  • Monica Parii
  • Patrick Spanbauer
  • Gigi Chiti
    Key Cast
  • Rezo Chkheidze
    Key Cast
  • Merab Saralidze
    Key Cast
  • Gia Chubaria
    Key Cast
  • Nana Janelidze
    Key Cast
  • Gela Suli
    Key Cast
  • Maya Lebanidze
    Key Cast
  • Tamar Mangoshvili
  • Aimee Linekar
  • Werner Kitzmüller
  • On Screen Film
  • Gerlinde Schmid
  • Gigi Chiti
  • Gerlinde Schmid
  • Monica Parii
  • Daniela Ettrich
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Gigis Traum - Interview mit einem Toten
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  • Genres:
    Portrait, Politics, Filmmaking, Georgian Film
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 28 minutes 35 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 1, 2016
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  • Language:
    English, Georgian, German
  • Shooting Format:
    MiniDV, HD1080p
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Director Biography - Gerlinde Schmid

Biography (Director)

Director, writer, Gerlinde Schmid was born in Vienna, April 4th 1979. She began working in the film industry in 1999 and started writing and directing short films. Her artistic interest expands into various art genres and the therapeutic field, which influenced her depiction of character and sparked her interest in the documentary genre. She currently lives and works in Vienna, Austria.

Filmography (Director)

2003 – 2015: „Gigis Dream – Interview with a Dead Man“; documentary, 89 min (director/writer)
2002: „Clock“ shortfilm (director/writer/producer)
2000: „Heroin“ shortfilm (director/writer)
2000: „Das Licht am Ende des Tunnels“ (transl.:The light at the end of the tunnel) documentary-essay (director/writer)
2001: „Blaubart – Erste Liebe“ (transl.: Blaubart – 1rst love) shortfilm (director/writer)
1999: „David“ shortfilm (director/writer)

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