Tradition

Two German tourists, Christian(32) and Daniel(35) are visiting Georgia as a tourists. They are searching for a food in a village and suddenly they are invited on a Georgian wedding. Their real adventures starts here.

  • Ioseb "Soso" Bliadze
    Director
  • Elmar Imanov
    Writer
  • Ioseb "Soso" Bliadze
    Writer
  • Eva Blondiau
    Producer
  • Achi Makalatia
    Key Cast
    "Tornike"
  • Johannes Kienast
    Key Cast
    "Daniel"
  • Henning Strübbe
    Key Cast
    "Christian"
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Drama, Comedy
  • Runtime:
    22 minutes 35 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 24, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    20,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Germany
  • Country of Filming:
    Georgia
  • Language:
    English, Georgian, German
  • Shooting Format:
    Alexa, 4K
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Ioseb "Soso" Bliadze

Born in Tbilisi, Georgia, 1986. Graduating from high school, I studied at Tbilisi State University, Faculty of Exact and Natural Sciences, Institute of Applied Mathematics and Computer Sciences, Major in Informatics. 2008 - Prior to 2012 I studied at Shota Rustaveli Theatre and Film Georgian State University, Faculty of Film and TV, Major in Directing. After diploma work “The most precious” (2012) he made another short film “Three steps” (2017), premiere was in Rotterdam film festival and after that it was shown in 20 festivals and got 10 awards. In 2020 is planed a premiere of his debut feature film “Otar’s Death”.

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Several Georgian men invited the tourists to join them in their feast in a restaurant in the village in Georgia.
After a traditional Georgian toast, including one for love, the invited guests began to passionately kiss each other on the lips, reports Interfax news agency. The hosts attacked the men then tied their hands and feet and threw them in the river. Local residents pulled them out of the river and helped them safely out of the mountains, from where they got to Tbilisi and subsequently left Georgia.

This story about German Tourists actually happened in my country on september 2011, but then I thought that it could not be true and I didn’t believed it.

But on 2013 May 17th is the International Day Against Homophobia. And It was a anti-homophobic rally held in Tbilisi, capital of Georgia.

The gay rights activists, less than 50 persons, were on the streets. On the other side there were thousands of protesters led by Priests, more than 30 000, aggainst homosexuality. They broke through a police cordon and violently pursued the activists. They were beating them and throwing stones. The police did not do anything, because most of them are also homophobic.

This was really hard to watch for me and I wanted to say something to that people, but I did not know how? And what?

And then I recall the story about German tourists.