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18 April
Introducing Rezo – an animated biographic film after the stories of Rezo Gabriadze
Chereshnevy Les & Rezo Gabriadze are the long-time friends: the tour of the Puppet Theater of Rezo Gabriadze was held in Moscow in 2005 and 2007. The productions "If Locomotives Meet" after a play written especially for the festival, "The Battle of Stalingrad" and "Autumn of Our Spring" are one of the most memorable events of the festival since the time of its establishment. In 2016, Rezo Gabriadze was awarded Oleg Yankovsky prize within the Chereshnevy Les festival for its author set-out in the Museum of Moscow.

"Georgia, Kutaisi. The war has just ended and few pleasures are available. Nerves are frayed, homeless people are walking in flocks. I lived as a partisan in my native city, and Library No. 6 was the only island where I was happy, "- that is how the amazing childhood story of the artist, writer and director Rezo Gabriadze starts. It is about the mixture of real facts and dreams and fantasies of a 10-year-old boy. In simple words of a little boy, Rezo Gabriadze talks about love, respect, repentance, forgiveness, maturation, mixing funny and sad in equal parts. He tells charming and touching stories about how to pass the humanity test, learn compassion and find beauty in the details of life. A full-length animated film, created after the stories and drawings of Rezo himself, is a warm and touching declaration of love to the artist fr om his closest people.

Leo Gabriadze, director, general producer of the Gabriadze Theater:
 "I grew up on these stories. It was never possible to understand what is true and what is fiction. But in his stories there was so much love and humor, and his characters were so touching that it was not important. But Rezo never wrote them down, and I wanted to share them with other people. I dreamed of making this animated movie for more than twenty years. This is a kind, sincere and lyrical film, which, I hope, will be appreciated and talked about. This is my connection with the roots and with the future generations. A tribute to my closest & dearest people. "

Timur Bekmambetov, producer: "I met Rezo on the winter evening of 1994. The beginning director, I brought a few clips at VHS for Bank "Imperial", we started the conversation and have not parted since then. Rezo became a kind of a family for me – a part of the family, a part of the "Bazelevs", where everyone knows and loves him, wh ere this movie, the first documentary in the timeline of our film company - grew. This movie is my homage to a senior colleague and a sign of the deepest recognition of his identity, talent and incredible charm. The 81-year-old painter, sculptor, writer, playwright, screenwriter and director, the founder of the puppet theater in Tbilisi, Rezo Gabriadze earned worldwide recognition. His performances were awarded many international prizes. He was awarded the title of Commander of the Order of Arts and Literature in France. The American New Yorker magazine recognized his "Stalingrad" as the best theatrical performance of the year. His sculptures adorn the streets of St. Petersburg and Odessa. But Gabriadze is known as a screenwriter of the iconic Soviet movies "Mimino", "Do not Grieve!", "Kin-dza-dza". Everyone knows that Rezo Gabriadze is an amazing storyteller, whose stories cannot leave indifferent, creep into the very heart. Rezo movie is about the stories told by Rezo about Rezo. Several hundred drawings created by the artist form the visual basis of the movie.

Rezo Gabriadze’s favorite Georgian children's folk nursery rhyme is recorded in the form of a song performed by Rezo himself together with the Georgian folk ensemble "Shvidkatsa" in Russian and Georgian. Music of the movie is a unique collection of classical works and Georgian folk music and songs.

Rezo
Director - Leo Gabriadze
Producer - Timur Bekmambetov
Scenario and drawings - Rezo Gabriadze
Executive producers - Timur Asadov, Veronika Belenikina
Editing - Maria Likhacheva
Artists-animators - Sveta Matrosova, Lisa Astretsova
Sound - Ivan Titov
Operator - Yuri Kokoshkin
Master of Visual Effects - Alexey Lebedev
Production - BAZELEVS, Russia, 2017
The participant of the official program of the prestigious
International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam (IDFA)
The prize for the best feature film
and the Tonino Guerra Prize for Best Screenplay (Rezo Gabriadze) of the
Open Russian Festival of Animated Cinema in Suzdal

Annotation
Rezo Gabriadze gives back childhood to us. A time when nothing is scary, when everything bad is about to end, and the good will remain forever. We are there again - among the big books and high trees, we twist the world with our feet - we get slaps from Mendeleyev, pilot fighter plane and write love declarations to the most beautiful woman of Kutaisi.
An amazing story of the childhood of the artist, writer and director Rezo Gabriadze, in which real facts are mixed with fantasies and dreams of a ten-year-old boy. A full-length animated film, created after the stories and drawings of Rezo, is a warm and touching declaration of love to the artist from his closest people.

Facts about the movie:
- Director Leo Gabriadze is the son of the hero of the film, Rezo Gabriadze. This is his first animated film.
- Rezo Gabriadze is known as a screenwriter of the iconic Soviet movies "Mimino", "Do not Grieve!", "Kin-dza-dza". He tells the stories about himself in Rezo movie for the first time.
- Leo Gabriadze started to write down his father's stories in 1994.
- Over 500 Rezo drawings in total were used for the movie. All of them were digitized and animated.
- Leo Gabriadze is not only a film and advertising director. For more than 15 years, he has been working as a producer of the Rezo Gabriadze Theater, which tours around the most prestigious theatrical stages of the world.
- Rezo Gabriadze’s favorite Georgian children's folk nursery rhyme is recorded in the form of a song performed by Rezo himself together with the Georgian folk ensemble "Shvidkatsa" in Russian and Georgian. It sounds in the closing credits of the movie.

REZO GABRIADZE
Rezo Gabriadze was born in 1936 in Georgia, in the town of Kutaisi. He has been engaged in fine arts since childhood and got an artistic studio education. He participates in exhibitions since 1952. His sculptures adorn St. Petersburg and Odessa. The retrospective of Rezo's works took place in The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow in 2013. Rezo worked in the cinema in addition to painting and sculptures’ creating. He wrote scripts for more than 35 movies, which became the classics of the Soviet cinema. "Do not Grieve!", "Mimino", "Kin-dza-dza" are among the most famous & favorite ones. Created by Rezo Gabriadze Puppet Theater, was opened in Tbilisi in 1981. He was able to combine all his talents in it. He wrote plays, made productions, made dolls and decorations with his own hands. For many years his theater has performed at the best world stages and visited the world's largest theater festivals - in Avignon, Edinburgh, New York, Spoleto. The American magazine New Yorker recognized his "Stalingrad" as the best theatrical performance of the year. Rezo Gabriadze was awarded the title of Commander of the Order of Arts and Literature in France. Also, he has such awards as the USSR State Prize, the Nika Prize, the Triumph, the Golden Mask, the Golden Sofit, the Tsarskoselskaya Prize, the Georgian Shota Rustaveli State Prize, the Yankovsky award.

"The world of Gabriadze is Georgia, only Georgia and Georgia once again, there is so much Georgia that it will never come to anyone’s mind that this image of Georgia has its own creator ..."
Andrey Bitov

Rezo is the king of puppets,
Whose taste is perfect and whose fingers are accurate.
The puppets are made of his rib.
They are filled with mocks and good things as well.
We all are governed by the Providence,
although the threads are hidden ...
And how similar we are to them! What a coincidence! ..
Do not be deceived by the will you have, gentlemen!
Bulat Okudzhava

"He is a great inventor. His system of images is exclusively personal, intimate and brings the features of poetic and transcendental realism to the theater. I do not know such a system of images that would be equal to his one. His extensive experience in a variety of creative fields allowed to achieve the ideal of the director as Gordon Crege used to be. His art enriches European theater with artistic power and a positive view when it is needed so much. "
Peter Brook

"I Love Georgia. This country has given many happy days to me. I remember my friend - Rezo Gabriadze, who, in my opinion, is one of the best artists in the world. "
Tonino Guerra

"Rezo Gabriadze is an artist of a unique range."
Mikhail Baryshnikov

"Rezo Gabriadze's fantasy is like champagne. It constantly bubbles, foams and gives birth to new ideas with the same ease as wine pushes cap out of bottles. And the string of "bottles" is endless, as if on a line, and the caps fly out with a deafening clap, which is louder & louder every time."
Gia Kancheli

In cinemas starting from April 26th
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