Oscar-nominated Tangerines director unveils details of new film

6 July 2016

Zaza Urushadze, the Georgian director nominated for an Oscar in 2015 for his film Tangerines (2013), has revealed details of his next feature, The Monk.

“I can’t say The Monk will be similar to Tangerines [...] It will be lighter and maybe even more sensitive, but it will be hopefully very entertaining,” Urushadze said in conversation with Screen, noting that although most of the personnel are the same, the film’s aesthetics will be very different from Tangerines.

The Monk has a budget of $776,000 and is mainly being funded by the Georgian and Estonian governments, according to producer Ivo Felt. Shooting for the film has begun in the Kakheti region of eastern Georgia.

“Everyone can get into trouble unexpectedly. That’s what happens to Father Giorgi who has been a monk for several years and goes to serve in a remote and picturesque village. There he finds an irresistibly beautiful woman with a secret,” Urushadze said of the film’s plot.

The Monk is expected to premiere in early 2017.

Source: Screen Daily