DOK LEIPZIG
INTERNATIONAL LEIPZIG FESTIVAL FOR DOCUMENTARY AND ANIMATED FILM
DOK Leipzig Film Festival

Biblioteka


Biblioteka


CATALOGUE TEXT
There must be more fulfilling jobs than being a librarian in the municipal library of Zugdidi in Georgia. Actually, from what “Biblioteka” shows one would not even assume that these women are working and that their workplace is a library. The number of employees seems to exceed the number of visitors by far. They chat, gossip and scream, someone is hammering away on a piano, people are eating and drinking in the reading rooms, doors are banged – high drama in an institute that ought to be filled with silence and concentration. All these unusual and agitated goings-on cover up the real state of the library. But the short breaks in the racket or the views of the frequently decrepit rooms with their crumbling plaster and bare concrete floors reveal that this place is an anachronism, a remnant of another system, another age. Its only remaining function may be as a meeting point for the librarians, who wouldn’t be more than remnants themselves without this place.
Credits
Original Title: Biblioteka – Von Büchern, einsamen Frauen und einem Leser
Country: Georgia, Lithuania
Year: 2014
Language: Georgian
Subtitle: English
Runtime: 54 min.
Format: DCP
Color: Colour
Director: Ana Tsimintia
Producer: Mikheil Svanidze, Bernardas Andriushis, Ana Tsimintia
Cinematographer: Ana Tsimintia
Editor: Ana Tsimintia, Bernardas Andriushis
Music: Nika Pasuri
Sound: Sigitas Motoras
Script: Ana Tsimintia
Commissioning Editor: Dr. Claudia Schreiner

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