Brighton 4th

Directed by Levan Koguashvili

Release Year: 2021
Running time: 95
Country: Georgia, Bulgaria, Monaco, U.S.
Language: Georgian, English, Russian
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MSRP: $19.95
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MSRP: $599.00
Screening Info
Directed by: Levan Koguashvili

In this portrait of parental sacrifice and the love of a father for his son, former wrestler Kakhi (played by real-life Olympic champion Levan Tediashvili) embarks on a journey from his home in the Republic of Georgia to visit his son Soso (Giorgi Tabidze) in the Russian-speaking neighborhood of Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. There he finds him living in a shabby boarding house populated by a colorful group of fellow Georgian immigrants. Soso is not studying medicine, as Kakhi believed, but is working for a moving company and has accrued a $14,000 gambling debt to a local Russian mob boss. Kakhi sets his mind to helping his hapless son out of his debt, leading to situations as often comic as they are dire. Lensed by Oscar®-nominated cinematographer Phedon Papamichael (The Trial of the Chicago 7, Nebraska), Levan Koguashvili Brighton 4th won three major awards at the Tribeca Film Festival – Best International Film, Best Actor, and Best Screenplay – and is Georgia’s official submission to the 94th Academy Awards®.

Reviews

“Delightful… rewarding. A gorgeously cinematic familial tragicomedy that constantly and movingly challenges expectations."

Michael Rechtshaffen, Los Angeles Times
 

“A gentle, naturalistic story of parental devotion and sacrifice… balances rueful humor with genuine sweetness.”

Alissa Simon, Variety
 

“Touchingly absurd and absurdly touching… A slow-burn family drama infused with welcome doses of deadpan dark humor.”

Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter
 

“Has a cumulative impact that is unmistakable. Sneaks up on you stealthily before flooring you with an emotional sucker punch.”

Matt Fagerholm, RogerEbert.com
 

“A near-perfect, semi-comic portrait of the low-rent Georgian enclave in Brighton Beach."

Michael Atkinson, The Village Voice
 

“A touching and surprising exploration of masculinity that features a stunning central performance from former Olympic wrestling champion Levan Tediashvili.”

Kaleem Aftab, Cineuropa
 

“Equally warm and melancholic with a rich vein of tragicomedy.”

Rory O’Connor, The Film Stage
 

"Koguashvili deftly blends tones in his vividly realised snapshots of Georgian manhood."

Wendy Ide, Screen Daily
 

"A compelling portrait of the Eastern European community that exists in Brighton, [featuring] a great performance by Tediashvili, in his first film role."

Christian Gallichio, The Playlist
 

Awards

Georgia’s Official Submission for International Feature Film at the 94th Academy Awards®

WINNER at Tribeca Film Festival 2021:  Best International Feature; Best Screenplay & Best Actor

Official Selection: Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

Official Selection: Sofia International Film Festival 

Official Selection: Vancouver International Film Festival

Official Selection: St. Louis Film Festival

 

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