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bebia, à mon seul désir  

a film by Juja Dobrachkous

Georgia, UK | Georgian / Russian | Feature | Drama | 2020 | 113'

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Returning home for the funeral of her grandmother, seventeen-year-old Ariadna must cross the unspoiled Georgian countryside to connect her grandmother’s soul with her resting body in an ancient burial custom. Traversing this exhausting and raw terrain, Ariadna is forced to confront the impact that the complex, sometimes cruel matriarch had on her not-so-distant childhood.



Anastasia Davidson, Anushka Andronikashvili, Guliko Gurgenidze, Alexander Glurjidze, Anastasia Chanturaia, Ana Chiradze

the director

the director

Juja Dobrachkous is a director, writer and painter based in London. Born in Soviet Russia, she graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Moscow. Juja has published two works of fiction and her short stories (Rubber Baby, 2011; Very Scary and A bit Shameful, 2019) have appeared in a several anthologies of modern Russian literature, as well as a number of magazines. Juja’s short works of fiction were rapturously received, several being optioned by film production companies. Bebia is Juja’s feature film debut.


festivals & awards

  • International Film Festival Rotterdam | Tiger Competition | 2021

  • Seattle International Film Festival | New Directors Competition | 2021

  • GoEast Film Festival | 2021

    • Award of the City of Wiesbaden for Best Director

    • FIPRESCI International Film Critic's Award (fiction feature)

  • New Directors/ New Films at the Lincoln Center | 2021

  • Garage Screenings - Moscow | June 2021

  • New Horizons International Film Festival | 2021

  • Sarajevo Film Festival | 2021

  • Zerkalo Film Festival | 2021

    • Grand Prix​

  • Split Film Festival | 2021

    • ​Grand Prix

  • ​Cinematik Film Festival | 2021

  • Cinecitta International Film Festival | 2021

  • Riga International Film Festival | 2021​

  • Ljubljana Film Festival | 2021​

  • Bosphorus International Film Festival | 2021

    • ​​Special Jury Award

  • Thessaloniki International Film Festival | 2021​

  • Gijon International Film Festival | 2021​

  • International Film Festival of India | 2021​

  • Trieste International Film Festival | 2022





Cinematographer: Veronica Solovyeva

Editor: Andrey Klychnikov

Sound Designer: Stefan Smith

Producer: Juja Dobrachkous, Olga Dykhovichnaya  

Executive Producers: Stephen Minervino, Lubov Duiko, Oxana Virko 

Writer: Juja Dobrachkous

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