Corn Island: Georgia’s Entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar

Corn Island, written and directed by George Ovashvili, is Georgia’s entry for the 2014 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar .

As the Inguri River forms a natural border dividing Georgia from Abkhazia, tensions between the two nations have not abated since the war of 1992–93.  Every spring, the river brings fertile soil from the Caucasus down to the plains of Abkhazia and northwestern Georgia, creating tiny islands.  The islands are hospitable for wildlife and also for local peasants who cultivate the crop to supplement their income.

This fable-like drama from writer-director Ovashvili captures the cycle of life in this harsh place. One such cycle begins when an old Abkhaz farmer sets foot on one of the islands.  He builds a hut for himself and his teenage granddaughter, ploughs the earth, and they sow what becomes a good corn crop.

As his granddaughter blossoms into womanhood and the corn ripens, border patrol boats from the two nations frequently pass, serving as a reminder of the dangers of cultivating in a place that’s no-man’s land.   Personal melodrama kicks in, when the girl finds a wounded Georgian soldier hiding among the stalks.

 

Cast:

Ilyas Salman, Mariam Buturishvili.

Produced by Nino Devdariani, Eike Goreczka, Guillaume de Seille, Karla Stojakova, Sain Gabdullin.

Directed by George Ovashvili.