Producers of Georgia’s Academy Awards-nominated feature Shindisi have released the trailer for the film that follows an episode from the 2008 war between Russia and Georgia.
The work by director Dito Tsintsadze (Inhale-Exhale, God of Happiness) was picked for Georgia’s submission for the Oscars last month by a jury team converened by the Georgian National Film Centre.
In the feature, a roster of Georgian actors and service member is cast in a script based on real events of the conflict by Irakli Solomanashvili.
[Tsintsadze’s work is centred around] the fate of 17 soldiers killed in a battle that took place in the small village of Shindisi. They died to enable 25 comrades to escape to safety after a Russian military unit broke a local truce,” a summary from The Hollywood Reporter said.
Filming for Shindisi was done at the actual location in central Georgia, with Georgian-based 20 Steps Productions and Free Movie Studio working on producing what is Tsintsadze’s latest feature.
Receiving 10 out of 12 votes of the jury team that included filmmakers, producers, actors and other cinema professionals, the feature was unveiled as the winner out of five contenders.
The shortlist also included Inhale-Exhale by Tsintsadze, Nino Zhvania’s debut Parade, Sheffield Doc/Fest-premiered Before Father Gets Back by Mari Gulbiani and Neighbours by Gigisha Abashidze.
The 92nd Academy Awards will be held in February 2020.