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MZIS QALAQI / City of the Sun

MZIS QALAQI / City of the Sun

Oneli's decision to observe his protagonists, rather than interview them, results in a feeling of familiarity, as if they had invited him to accompany them through their lives. The extraordinary amount of trust evident in the film must have come from his sincere dedication to telling their stories after spending ten months in Chiatura, so their sense of humour is very much present in the movie. The indi- vidual storylines come together to create a picture of life in Chiatura, and the approach to the selection of images, as well as the film's title, make it clear that the town is as much the subject of the film as the characters. (Zuzanna Grajcer, Cineuropa)

Rati Oneli
Born in 1977 in Tbilisi, Georgia, he earned a Master’s degree in Middle East studies in Tbilisi and then studied international relations and international media in New York. 2014 he moved to Georgia in order make his first feature-length film “City of the Sun”. In 2016, Rati Oneli produced Dea Kulumbegashvili’s second short film “Lethe”, which had its premiere in the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes.

Film Selection: Mzis qalaqi (City of the Sun, 2017, doc) — Leitmotif (2012, doc short) — Theo (2011, doc short)

Competition Documentary 2018

Rati Oneli

Georgia / USA / Qatar / Netherlands 2017
DCP / color
100 minutes

Arseni Khachaturan
Ramiro Suarez
Sofia Matrosova, Alexey Kobzar
Zurab Gelashvili, Archil Khvedelidze, Mariam Pkhaladze, Irina Pkhaladze
Dea Kulumbegashvili, Rati Oneli, Jim Stark



OFA / Office of Film Architecture
World Sales


Weltpremiere / World Premiere
Berlinale 2017

Premierenstatus / Premiere Status
Austrian Premiere