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Georgian film festival hit My Happy Family to premiere on Netflix

Georgian film festival hit My Happy Family to premiere on Netflix
A still from My Happy Family by Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Gross

30 November 2017

One of this year’s most critically acclaimed Georgian films is set to premiere on Netflix after winning over film festival audiences.

My Happy Family, directed by Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Gross, will launch on the online streaming service on 1 December.

The film has sparked critical acclaim on the film festival circuit, garnering 11 wins and nine nominations.

The accolades include a nomination for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, and special jury mention at the Seattle International Film Festival. The Seattle judges praised the duo for “their deft handling of a large ensemble cast, their approach to a subversively feminist story, and for their ability to capture emotional chaos with depth, grace, and resonance.”

The film follows Manana, a 52-year-old literature teacher played by Ia Shugliashvili. Desperate to free herself from her husband, grown-up children, and parents — all of whom live under one roof — she moves out to live on her own in a small apartment in Tbilisi. Yet for Manana, escaping the bonds of family is not as simple as it seems.

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