International Competition

Don´t Breathe

Nino Kirtadzé
Screening time  
23.02. / Monday, 12:00 - 14:00 Theatre 2  
25.02. / Wednesday, 20:00 - 22:00 Theatre 3  
27.02. / Friday, 15:00 - 17:00 Theatre 4  
A subtle comedy that explores the woes of middle age and medical maladies.

Set in Tbilisi, Georgia, this subtle comedy from director Nino Kirtadze explores the woes of middle age and medical maladies. Levan, a man in his forties, receives an unclear prognosis following a routine exam, which sends him into an existential tailspin of worry. His feisty partner Irma feeds him a steady stream of advice, as do doctors, friends, and even strangers. Each opinion contradicts another. Levan's hypochondria eventually starts to jeopardize his marriage and employment.


Nino Kirtadzé

European Film Academy-award-winning director Nino Kirtadze was born in Tbilisi, Georgia. She is one of the few Georgian directors who made her cinematic debut in France and quickly established herself as one of the best documentary directors worldwide. She focuses on controversial subjects, placing the accent on the human drama and creating deep insightful human portraits. Her films have won international acclaim and numerous prestigious prizes at festivals worldwide, including Best Director Prize at Sundance for Durakovo - Village of Fools, the European Film Academy award for Pipeline Next Door, Germany’s top documentary award, the Adolf Grimme Gold, for Chechen Lullaby and the Cinema du Réel award for Tell My Friends That I’m Dead. Her films have been presented at top world festivals, including Cannes, Toronto, Sundance, IDFA and RIDM. Nino Kirtadze is also a scriptwriter and actress. During the troubled years in the Caucasus in 1990s she also worked as a war correspondent for the AFP and for the AP, covering the war in Chechnya and other armed conflicts in the region. Since 1997, Nino Kirtadze has been living in France and working with Peter Brook, Ben Gazzara, Vittorio Gassman, Jean-Pierre Ameris and Claude Goretta. She works on a regular basis with different national and international organisations and film schools as a consultant, jury, lecturer and tutor.

General sponsor

La Faille

2014, 86', DCP

Directed by:
Nino Kirtadzé

Jacek Petrycki, Octavio Dos Santos

Edited by:
Christel Aubert, Josianne Zardoya

Heidi Fleisher, Céline Nusse, Paul Rozenberg

Produced by:
Zadig Productions

Festivals & Awards:

DocPoint –Helsinki Documentary Film Festival 2015; Toronto International Film Festival 2014; Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival 2014;  Tbilisi International Film Festival 2014