• Greek Title Χυτήριο
  • English Title Tudzhi
  • Original Title თუჯი
  • Year: 1964
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Country: USSR
  • Duration: 20'
  • Director / Scriptwriter: Otar losseliani
  • Cinematography: Chalva Chiochvili
  • Production: Kartuli Pilmi
  • Color: Black & White
  • Audio: Sound
  • Language: Georgian, Russian
  • Format: Μη διαθέσιμη πληροφορία
  • Subtitles: Greek
  • Print Source: Pastorale Productions, Hiventy

After his first films being censored by the Soviet regime, Iosseliani worked for four months in a metallurgical factory, wanting to make “a great film”. Eventually he preferred his experience as an industrial worker to be reflected in this short documentary, where the striking images of hard graft and melting iron are combined with a somehow eerie music. However, humorous and ironic touches, which will also characterize his later work, are already there.

Otar Iosseliani

Otar Iosseliani was born in 1934 in Tbilisi, Georgia, where he studied music composition, conducting and piano. In 1953 he went to Moscow to study mathematics, but in two years he quit and entered the State Film Institute where his teacher was among others, Alexander Dovzhenko.  While still a student in film direction, he began working in Tbilisi, first as an assistant director and then as an editor of documentaries. When his medium-length film “Aprili” (1961) was denied theatrical distribution, Iosseliani abandoned filmmaking and in 1963-1965 worked first as a sailor on a fishing boat and then at a metallurgical factory. When his 1976 film “Pastorali" was shelved for a few years and then granted only a limited distribution, Iosseliani grew skeptical about getting any artistic freedom in his homeland. In 1984 he moved to France where he made “Favorites Of The Moon”. The film was distinguished with a Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival. His films have been presented in major film festivals and have won major prizes.

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