Private Project

Before We Leave

A deserted subway station. A rumbling, empty escalator stretches deep underground.
At the top, in front of the escalator an abandoned smartphone is ringing, playing a strange melody. Steps….someone finds it.
Suddenly the escalator fills up with a large crowd, rushing downward to the music of Brahms’s Requiem, repeating the melody of the phone. And in the station people are hurrying somewhere. But something (the camera) makes some of them stop for a moment or even shudder. What is this thing, which we don’t remember, as we run about our business, which is always watching us and which in the end will inevitably overtake us?! Truly among us there are those who have already understood this, those who can make friends with the unseen presence.
In the hands of the person who found it, the telephone rings again, repeating its strange call.

  • Elena Tsagareishvili
  • Elena Tsagareishvili
  • Fred Sengmueller
  • Manana Taralashvili
  • Irakli Mikava
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    15 minutes 43 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 28, 2019
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  • Country of Filming:
  • Aspect Ratio:
    : 2.35
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Festival Mundial De Cine De Veracruz 2019

    World premier
  • Tbilisi International Film Festival 2019
    December 5, 2019
  • London Arthouse Film Festival 2020
  • Kutaisi International Film Festival 2021
Director Biography - Elena Tsagareishvili

Elena Tsagareishvili was born in Tbilisi. After school she graduated Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi state University (majoring as Meteorologist). At that time she understood science is not for her. She wanted to realize herself from Art. She wrote stories and poetry but finely she understood that only cinema gives opportunity to realize in many fields. She graduated the Shota Rustaveli Theatre & Film State University (High Courses of Film Director - majoring as Film Director 1997-2001) famous film director Rezo Esadze workshop. At that time after dissolution the Soviet Union Georgian film Industry became destroyed. And even now here there is very small opportunity to find funding to make film. She has been involved in a few short projects but never a feature film. She wrote symbolic, experimental genre scripts but only a few of them she shot and only one submitted to festivals - "Dream"(“Zmaneba”) . The short experimental film "Dream"(“Zmaneba”) was selected for presentation at San Gio Verona Video Festival 2010, where it received highly positive reviews from a festival jury member Giorgio Trentin both for director's work as well as acting quality. She had experience to make short documemtary and acted in the Underground group “Stigmat”. Her script “Freedom” won a prize in the “Berikaoba” literary competition 2016. In 2016 she met Canadian very cultural linguist, teacher, English editor and script writer Fred Sengmueller and they decided to work together.They made fiction short movie “The Metronome” 2018 produced by him and Georgian producer Manana Taralashvili (screenplay by Fred Sengmueller). It was selected by Amsterdam Lift-off Film Festival 2018 online program and was Semi-Finalist in Festpro Film Festival 2020, also Official Selection finalist in Sacramento Underground Film & Arts Festival 2020. They made together second film – experimental short film “ Before We Leave” 2019 (same producers and director) which was selected by Festival Mundial De Cine De Veracruz 2019, Tbilisi International Film Festival 2019, London Arthouse Film Festival 2020, Kutaisi International Film Festival 2021, San Gio Verona Video Festival 2021 (happening now). Elena Tsagareishvili likes religious symbolic on her scripts and stories.

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