Letters to Max

Letters to Max

Dopisy Maxovi

  • Eric Baudelaire
  • France
  • 2014, 103 min
Script: Eric Baudelaire
Photography: Eric Baudelaire
Editing: Eric Baudelaire, Laure Vermeersch
Sound: Juliette Navis, Jean Holtzmann, Julien Bonvinci
Actors, social actors: Maxim Gvinjia
Producer, Co-producer: Eric Baudelaire (Eric Baudelaire)
Color: Colour
Language: English, Russian, Abkhazian
Maxim Gvinjia, the former minister of foreign affairs of the breakaway republic of Abkhazia – whose independence from Georgia has been recognized by only a few countries – is a friend of director Eric Baudelaire, who has been writing him from France since 2012. In the film, these letters are presented in text form and Gvinjia’s telephone replies are read in voiceovers. Gvinjia’s personal stories and his reflections upon his nation and its history are accompanied by footage of daily life in Abkhazia, for the most part short and simple snapshots taken by a professional hand-held camera, with no apparent connection to the letters’ contents.

“The first letter that I received. It’s real letter, it’s wrapped in paper. ‘Dear Max, Are you there? Eric.’ Honestly, I am somewhere. I’m here, I’m in Abkhazia, in my office. It’s a sunny day. It’s eve of independence day.”

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Eric Baudelaire
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Paris / 75019 / France
+33 647 826 890

Festival edition: 2014
Sections: Opus Bonum
Premiere Type: East European Premiere
Exhibition format: DCP
Subtitle languages: English
24.10.2014 13:30
27.10.2014 14:00


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