THE RULER

Shalva Shengeli / 68’ / 2015 / Georgia

  • Fotograma The Ruler

Dirección / Direction: Shalva Shengeli
Guión / Script: Shalva Shengeli, Nino Chutkerashvili
Edición / Editing: Beka Gersamia
Fotografía / Cinematography: Giorgi Sigua
Sonido / Sound: Paata Godziashvili, Irakli Ivanishvili
Música Original / Original Music: Zurab Javakhia

Shalva Shengeli was born in 1966. In 1991 he was graduated from the architecture department of the Georgian Technical University. In parallel he was studying at the secondary department of journalism. In 1998 he graduated from the film directing department of the Georgian State University of Theatre and Film, studio of Rezo Esadze… Among his filmography are Aket-ikit (2014), Baleti sakartveloshi (2013 doc.), Gaagrdzele sakartvelos istoria (TV doc. series) (2011-13), Stadioni (doc.) (2010).

Khelmtsipe (The Ruler) delves into Stalin’s roots in a small town in Georgia, while showing, years after the fall of the Soviet regime, the controversy generated by a statue erected in his honour in the courtyard of a convent. Now the nuns of the Savior temple come face to face with the defenders of the monument. How could the church become the refuge for a leader whose name was associated with the struggle against religion?