Nino Chichua


Nino Chichua


Smiling Georgia

Elections 2012 in Georgia. “Smiling Georgia” is the ruling party’s campaign and promises new teeth for all residents over 50 - free of charge. A crowd of politicians, doctors and journalists toss through the villages and pull people's teeth out. Authors of the campaign, lose the elections and the promise remains just a promise. People are left without the teeth.

Year 2020, a beautiful village surrounded by hills and forests called No Name. Smiling Georgia follows the lives of the people in this village which was a part of the pre-election program. Even now, people have to slurp liquid food and try to cope with their everyday life with gallows humor. We follow four main characters. Bezhan - a man who lives with his wife and has dreams about a new Georgian government which will come one day and fix all the problems. Nana, a 58-year-old woman who got her 15 teeth pulled out all at once and lives with a withdrawn husband. Lamara, an elderly woman who for 8 years has been carrying in her bag the useless dentures that the new government gave her but turned out too big for her mouth. So, a man who borrows his neighbor’s dentures to attend a wedding. The film starts in fall, then we see snow, then spring and summer comes; the story ends in the fall with the 2020 elections. We feel the flow of life in the village where nothing changes. Only for a short period of time, during the pre-election craze, people seem to remember about village No Name.

November 2020, there are parliamentary elections being held again. Pre-election process begins. Strangers visit the village and put up posters of politicians on the trees. A young politician comes to the village and makes pre-election promises. Teethless people sit and listen. On the day of the elections the crowds discuss the politics and votes. The day after everything is calm again. Nodar and Bezhan sit in the forest contemplating. “We should take care of ourselves, no one will do it for us” – they say.


Berliner follows a middle-aged immigrant woman from Georgia, Nana, an interpreter working for the Berlin law enforcement authority and refugee facility. She translates testimonies of criminal suspects from Post-Soviet countries and assists newly arrived refugees. Nana is always on call, never knowing when she will be asked to go in for work, which neighborhood or city she will end up in. She likes the job that keeps her on the move. She starts every new translation with the following words: 'Hello, I'm your interpreter.'

Years ago, Nana managed to survive and integrate into a foreign country all by herself.

Nana stands out with her unique character, tone of voice, flashy and color-coordinated outfits. She has a German husband and two kids with whom she lives in the old district of Berlin. Nana's inseparable accessory is a little suitcase, which is part of her daily life and makes her character even more charming. Nana's suitcase is for unforeseen occasions; she carries all her necessities like her armor, helping her and others face the daily challenges. The suitcase makes her look like a tourist against the backdrop of the big city of Berlin.

Nana takes her job seriously and tries to keep a professional distance, but usually, she takes the stories of refugees and suspects too close to her heart. She can identify with their problems and see them as a personal challenge because she went through the same herself years ago.

In the film, we observe the broad theme of immigration, the process that an asylum seeker in Germany goes through, and how this process intersects with criminal activities. Through Nana, the film will explore and unveil unknown stories of newcomers who struggle on their way to finding happiness abroad through different paths.

9-Month Contract

Jana spent her childhood between orphanages and streets of Tbilisi. Now raising a teenage daughter Elene as a single parent, without an occupation, she becomes a surrogate mother. Only 9 months of carrying someone else's baby in exchange for 14.000 USD, an unimaginable amount of money for Jana. Of course, she's on board.
Jana has already given birth to three babies out of two surrogate pregnancies and is pregnant for the third time. Although she is not living in the street any more, she is still far from her dream to have her own place to live. It is unclear how many babies Jana needs to deliver to fulfil her dream. The amount that seems a lot at the beginning, disappears in between her pregnancies. Then Jana needs to start the process again.
As Jana’s health deteriorates from pregnancy to pregnancy, she thinks what might happen to her in the worst case, but lacking other options, Jana sees surrogacy as the only way out of homelessness. Elene’s future is a strong motivation for Jana to carry on through this emotionally and physically hard journey as long as her health allows.
Elene is growing up, so Jana isn’t able to hide her pregnancies from her any more. Her relationship with Elene is the most precious thing for Jana and she is afraid to open up to her about surrogacy. She feels that Elene might judge her, because deep in her heart, Jana does judge herself.
Very close and intimate camera follows Jana during her third pregnancy into a closed- off surrogacy world. Current pregnancy becomes a real problem. Besides the invincible fear of talking to Elene, she worries about the absence of a contract with the foreign prospective father. After delivering the baby, the surrogacy agency pushes her to register and take the child out of the hospital as her own. Refusing to do illegal things, Jana leaves the hospital worried that the infant may end up in an orphanage like herself, and she - in court, against powerful surrogacy business.
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