Written and directed by Tornike Bziava, April Chill (Aprilis Suskhi) is a Georgian short-film that joins the ranks alongside many other underrated shorts.
This film highlights the dispersal of people amongst Georgia’s 1989 Tbilisi massacre / Tbilisi tragedy. This event saw an anti-Soviet demonstration resulting in twenty-one deaths and many hundred injuries.
Woven into the tragedy, is the story that sees a Soviet soldier’s encounter with a young Georgian boy dancing in an abandoned building. His determination to find what it is that he has been hearing- that which bothers him, and a softening when he sees the discipline, determination and rigour of a young dancer and amongst such atrocities.
In fourteen minutes, this film dramatises a part of Tbilisi’s history, merely touching on the events; but we are shown devastation and destruction, as well as where compassion, respect and humility can take over.
32ème Festival International du Court Métrage de Clermont-Ferrand
**Jury Special Mention(INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION)**
Hong Kong Independent Short Film and Video Award
ECU Film Festival
**BEST EUROPEAN SHORT FILM**
Lille International Short Film Festival
Festival du Film Court de Villeurbanne
**Independent Cinema Award**
Festival Courts Devant
**Jury Special Mention**
Glimmer – The 8th Hull International Short Film Festival
**Special Mention in the Anthony Minghella Award for Best UK Short**
Capalbio Cinema International Short Film Festival
Ischia Film Festival
Lucania Film Festival
Batumi International Short Film Festival
**Best Director award**
**Best Foreign Film**
Taos Shortz Film Fest
** Honorable Mention for Dramatic Fiction **
Festival International du Court Métrage Normandie