GE

2022

85 min

Post production

Abastumani - 101 Rooms

აბასთუმანი - 101 ოთახი

Directing: Mariam ChachiaNik Voigt

Synopsis

Abastumani is a tuberculosis hospital high up in the Georgian mountains where old Soviet doctors used to be well respected professionals, but as times changed they got stuck in the past and became mere caretakers for ex-convicts, alcoholics, and drug addicts dying of TB. There are many staff in the hospital, but no security. The patients are predominantly male and greatly outnumber the staff, so the rules of the hospital are dictated by them.
In the morning, Abastumani looks just like an old hospital where patients stand in long queues waiting to be administered dozens of pills. In the afternoon, the building transforms into a social center where players gamble under clouds of cigarette smoke as patients kill time. At night, after the doctors and staff go home, Abastumani becomes a dangerous place where alcohol and drugs make patients violent.
Life is short in Abastumani, and farewells are without tears. But when one of them is gone, patients gather in the priest’s room and pray with him under a wall of icons. This is when patients open up and share their deepest sins.
Life didn’t change until one day, when news arrived that the building has been sold and will be demolished. The many rooms are emptied, mattresses piled high, and only small artifacts of the patients remain as memories. The staff bid farewell to the building for the last time, the sanatorium that defined their lives. Each one is over retirement age, and they know that without the building they will be nothing in the new era.
Big trucks and tractors patiently wait until the last person has left the historic building.
Built as a royal summer residency in late 1800s, it became one of the most prestigious sanatoriums in the soviet union before it finally became a shelter for society’s rejects. A century of memories turned into dust. But will the memory of 100 years disappear with this building?

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