Yana and her husband David are Jehovah’s Witness missionaries in a rural Georgian village dominated by Orthodox Christians who treat them with hostility. When religious extremists burn down their house of worship, Yana becomes obsessed with revenge, setting her out on a dangerous path. With its striking tableaus, gorgeous 35mm images and unpredictable narrative, BEGINNING is a remarkably accomplished debut feature from Dea Kulumbegashvili. This is a quiet and powerful drama that stays with you long after you’ve exited the cinema.
Dea Kulumbegashvili (Georgia) BEGINNING is Kulumbegashvili’s first feature film.