« Twelve Lessons » თორმეტი გაკვეთილი de Giorgi Mrevlishvili – 8ème édition Festival 2023

Dimanche 17 décembre à 19h30 h aux Ateliers Varan

« Twelve Lessons » « თორმეტიგაკვეთილი » de Giorgi Mrevlishvili – 8ème édition Festival 2023, 74′, Géorgie

Projection et débat en visio avec le réalisateur

« Twelve Lessons » « თორმეტიგაკვეთილი » de Giorgi Mrevlishvili – 74′, 2020, Géorgie, 


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Twelve Lessons tells the story of a grandfather who works to teach his grandson with autism spectrum disorder independent living skills while also struggling against an impending pest invasion, which threatens to destroy the village’s harvest.

Valerian Kotrikadze and his grandson Vako live in the rural village of Buknari, about 300 km away from the capital city. Valerian is a former soldier with a strong sense of organisation and discipline. The grandfather wants Vako to become an independent person and works tirelessly with him to help him learn a craft and to become a full member of a society.

With participation of Valerian Kotrikadze and Vako Kotrikadze

Directed by Giorgi Mrevlishvili

Produced by Jeremy Gaskill, MAC Georgia

With the support of the Georgian National Film Center

Sound by David Khositashvili

Original Music by Nino Janjgava

Editing and cinematography by Giorgi Mrevlishvili

Director’s short bio

Giorgi Mrevlishvili holds an MFA in Film from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a MsocSc and B.J. degrees from Tbilisi State University. In 2010, his project Reflection was a finalist for the Berlin Today Award at the Berlinale Film Festival. The film was also selected for the Vision Du Reel’s Focus: Georgia program in 2015 and for the festival dedicated to Georgian cinema in Tokyo’s Iwanami Hall in 2018. His film Zurabi (2006), made with Ateliers Varan, was awarded the Best Georgian Documentary of 2007 at the Niamori Film Festival. His recent film Twelve Lessons received a Special Mention at Tbilisi International Film Festival in 2019 and the Best Documentary Award at Mediawave in 2022. Mrevlishvili’s book The Process, a collection of reflective essays on experimental processes in documentary filmmaking, was published in 2021 by Intelekti Publishing with the support of the Georgian National Film Center.

Screenings of Twelve Lessons 

  • Tbilisi International Film Festival, December 3, 5, 2019, Georgian Panorama. Award: Special Mention For Documentary Film
  • Georgian Public Broadcaster, CinéDOC TV-Hall, August 19, 2020
  • CinéDOC-Tbilisi, Cavea Open Air Drive-in Cinema, Special Screening, September 6, 2020
  • Batumi International Art-house Film Festival, Georgian Panorama, November 15-25, 2020

The interviews about Twelve Lessons with Giorgi Mrevlishvili : 


VASA « On Photography » series, Interview with Giorgi Mrevlishvili” : 


Some words about the film : 

Deep story, strong relation between filmmaker and the personnages of the film, a film that brings you to the deepness of the beauty …….


Un mot de Michelle Gales, ( réalisatrice : « À la recherche de Vaubeton » de  (84′, 2018, France)

Twelve Lessons is not only a sensitive portrayal of its main characteres (an elderly man and an adolescent) nor only a film about important social issues like ecology, teaching, organising solidarity, resourcefulness, perserverance… It is worthy of our esteem for all these reasons. But the filmmaker Giorgi Mrevlishvili is pursuing an innovative project in film language as well — in his cinematography, editing and narrative structure. From the very first sequences, unusual images appear and he sets up an intriguing back-and-forth between news of a scourge of ravaging insects and his protagonists. Indeed understanding the connection between many shots constitutes a challenge for the spectator who will find clues but more especially will realize that he will have to pay close attention to follow where the film maker is going. The effort, however, will be rewarded all along the film with magical, amusing and moving moments and in the end the pieces of the puzzle fall into place. 


Twelve Lessons n’est pas seulement un film d’une grande sensibilité envers les personnages mis en scène (un homme âgé et un adolescent), ni seulement un film qui parle de thèmes sociaux urgents comme l’écologie, la pédagogie, l’organisation de la solidarité, l’ingéniosité, la persévérance. Le film mérite toute notre attention pour ces raisons. 

Mais le réalisateur Giorgi Mrevlishvili mène aussi une vraie recherche cinématographique — dans son travail du cadre, au montage et dans la construction narrative. Dès les premières séquences, des images surprenantes apparaissent et il instaure un aller-retour énigmatique entre une invasion d’insectes ravageurs et ses personnages principaux. 

Le rapport même entre les plans lance un défi au spectateur qui trouve quelques indices mais comprend avant tout que son attention va être requise pour suivre le chemin inhabituel du cinéaste. Son effort est récompensé tout au long du film par des moments magiques, drôles, touchants et à la fin le puzzle se reconstitue.

The book that Giorgi wrote about documentary film

This is a review of my book in Georgian by contemporary Georgian writer Shorena Lebanidze:


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CinéDOC-Tbilisi 2021 | Trailer | Twelve Lessons by Giorgi Mrevlishvili


ოდეონი – გიორგი მრევლიშვილი


Giorgi Mrevlishvili, Georgia interview on VASA « On Photography » http://vasa-project.com


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