Documentary, 38:40 minutes, colour, Georgian with English subtitles.

Pirimze trailer 

The story of Pirimze is told by the building itself. It touches upon the '70s, when this luxuriously designed edifice served as an exemplary building; how it made an incredible amount of money in the '80s and it also talks about the '90s, when it decayed and operated in an improvised and shady way. After the independence of Georgia, just as the Soviet Union collapsed and broke up into different countries, Pirimze "exploded" and smaller workshops with identical name sprung up in the surrounding neighbourhood, where the "debris fell." We visit these workshops and observe fascinating skills performed by craftsmen who used to work in there. We also visit the newly renovated business centre "Pirimze Plaza," which replaced Pirimze and question the need and motives of this transformation.

Director: Sophia Tabatadze
Producer: Sophia Tabatadze and GeoAIR
Camera: Lilli Kuschel and Tato Kotetishvili
Editor: Mikko Gaestel

The premiere of Pirimze took place in April 2015 at the festival “Visions du Reel” in Nyon, Switzerland.

Pirimze still frame

Pirimze still frame

Pirimze still frame

Pirimze was developed at following workshops:

Pirimze (Sophia Tabatadze and Levan Asabashvili) won one of the two prizes from Georgian National Film Center for the Best Pitch at Pitch.Doc, an annual event held in the framework of Tbilisi International Film Festival organised by Sakdoc Film.
December 6-7, 2012

CAUCADOC - Project development workshop, Tbilisi, Georgia
July 12-17, 2012 and December 2-8, 2012

CAUCADOC project development course is designed for directors and producers from Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia who are in the development or production stage of their documentaries. CAUCADOC is a project run by Czech NGO People in Need (PIN) and partner organizations Sakdok Film (Georgia) and Internews Media Support NGO (Armenia).

Docstories - Black Sea, workshop in Sibiu, Romania
October 16-20, 2012
Docstories is a workshop organized by ART-DOC (Romania), aimed at developing creative documentary projects and innovative non-fiction formats in the greater Black Sea region.

Project Market, workshop in Tbilisi, Georgia
July 24-27, 2012
Robert Bosch Stiftung's joint project in collaboration with Georgian National Film Center. The project aims to enable young film-makers to develop their projects and cooperate with young German co-producers.

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