International Competition


Audrius Stonys
Screening time  
29.02. / Wednesday, 19:00 - 21:00 Theatre 3  
02.03. / Friday, 13:00 - 15:00 Theatre 1  
03.03. / Saturday, 16:00 - 18:00 Theatre 2  
04.03. / Sunday, 16:00 - 17:40 Theatre 4  
04.03. / Sunday, 18:00 - 20:00 Theatre 3  
04.03. / Sunday, 22:00 - 00:00 Theatre 1  
Fifty years ago, Ramin, a veteran Georgian wrestler fell in love with a girl named Sveta. Now he gets on the train and goes to the remote Kvenatkotsa to seek out his long lost love.

Ramin is a veteran Georgian wrestler, perhaps the only wrestler in the world known to have won seven opponents in mere 55 seconds. Although his physical stature is far from imposing, his handshake is as firm as a wrench. He lives alone in the town of Kvareli in north-eastern Georgia, an area famous for its red wines and its living tradition of folk wrestling festivals. His only companions are a cat and the memories of his dearly loved mother and of his splendid victories in the wrestling arena. For Georgians, wrestling means more than just the national sport. It’s Georgian culture, Georgian lifestyle and, for many, it’s even Georgian religion. But there is something missing in the old wrestler’s life. Perhaps Ramin, the man with an unbeatable heart, was too much of a winner to let himself be won by anyone, not even by a woman’s love. Today he is beginning to feel otherwise. He is finally ready to surrender. There was a girl he fell in love with 50 years ago… Her name was Sveta, and she lived in the village of Kvenatkotsa.  Ramin gets on the train and goes to the remote Kvenatkotsa to seek out his long lost love. Will he find her? Will she remember him? Will a woman finally enter Ramin’s life? The film presents Ramin’s journey through the Georgian landscape and through the landscape of his memories.


Audrius Stonys

Audrius Stonys, born in 1966 in Lithuania, is a member of the European Film Academy and the European Documentary Network. Since embarking on his creative activities in the last years of the Soviet Empire, he has made 14 films as an independent filmmaker and producer. His films have won many international film awards. In 1992 the film Earth of the Blind received the European Film Academy award for the Best European Documentary film of the Year. His film Ramen won Special Mention in the International Competition Program at 2012 ZagrebDox. Stonys’s films were screened as part of the Baltic Dox program at 2012 ZagrebDox.

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Latvia, Georgia
2011, 58', color, video

Directed by:
Audrius Stonys

Screenplay by:
Givi Odisharia, Audrius Stonys

Uldis Cekulis, Audrius Kemezys

Edited by:
Ugis Olte

Uldis Cekulis

Produced by:
Vides Filmu Studija