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'My Grandmother', lifetime awards open Tallinn Black Nights 2015

'My Grandmother', lifetime awards open Tallinn Black Nights 2015

The 19th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival reeled out its inaugural black carpet on Friday (Nov 13) for its opening night, which included a screening of silent comedy My Grandmother (1929).

Banned in its time for denunciating bureaucracy, the satirical film was directed by Georgian actor, director and cartoonist Kote Miqaberidze.

The Georgian Philharmonic Orchestra enhanced the evening with a live accompaniment led by conductor Nikoloz Rachveli who is both the principal conductor of the Georgia National Symphony Orchestra and head of the Georgia National Music Center.

Rachveli also led the orchestra to an original piece played over excerpts of notable Georgian films (to be showcased in a retrospective at the festival), winning a standing ovation from the audience at the Nordea Concert Hall.

Mikheil Giorgadze, Georgian Minister of Culture and Monument Protectorate of Georgia, was in attendance and said: “Today, at this great platform, you will witness filmmakers works that have been prohibited and censored by the Soviet

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