Georgisches Liebeslied

Georgisches Liebeslied

Deutschland 2003-2005, Spielfilm


Caucasian Business

After several years working as a dramaturg and screenwriter, Tatiana Brandrup has now directed her first full-length feature film Caucasian Business (Kaukasischer Coup) which is described as "a romantic comedy-drama about a career woman′s confrontation with sensuality and her capitulation to love."

The story centers on Valentina, a classical music agent from Munich, who falls in love with the charismatic interpreter Georgi on a business trip to the former Soviet Republic of Georgia. Convinced that he has found the woman of his life and full of hopes of conquering Valentina and returning as a millionaire, Georgi drives an old Opel from Tbilisi to Munich. Once there, everything seems to have changed: Valentina doesn′t know how to fit her Georgian romance into her Munich lifestyle. Georgi forces her to make a choice between work and love...
"The project was actually developed through the First Movie Program [at the Bayerisches Filmzentrum Geiselgasteig on the Bavaria Film studio lot]," recalls producer Judy Tossell. "It was a very, very long development process, and we were then brought onboard by Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR) because they knew we had experience working in Georgia with Nana Djordjadze′s 27 Missing Kisses. What I think we all find exciting is that it is a debut film that′s also a genre film. It has real potential for prime-time television as well as for a theatrical release."
"It is a bit like Green Card in a way," Tossell explains. "The bulk of the shoot was in Munich, but we kicked off with the Georgian shoot and those all-important scenes at the airport were difficult to get with the run-up to the elections. Every time we had scheduled to shoot at the airport, Shevardnadze was in town and the airport was closed down!"
Valentina is played by Ann Eleonora Jorgensen, the Danish star from Lone Scherfig′s international hit Italian for Beginners, while lovesick Georgi is portrayed by Demetre "Duta" Skhirtladze who is one of the leading film and TV actors in Georgia and also the presenter of the Georgian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?. Caucasian Business marks Demetre′s first role in an international production.
Meanwhile, Georgian actor Merab Ninidze, one of the stars from Caroline Link′s OSCAR-winning Nowhere in Africa(Nirgendwo in Afrika) and another Egoli Tossell Film production England! by Achim von Borries, plays a cameo role as a Georgian soap star.

Source: German films Service & Marketing GmbH


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All Credits

Director:Tatiana Brandrup
Assistant director:Lih Janowitz
Screenplay:Tatiana Brandrup
Director of photography:Martin Farkas
Assistant camera:Yvonne Geiler
2nd Camera unit:Holger Seidel
Steadycam operator:Markus Eckert
Lighting design:Michael Leuthner
Key grip:Holger Seidel
Production design:Eva Stiebler, Vaja Jalagania
Make-up artist:Frauke Pira
Costume design:Sabine Staudt
Editing:Gaby Kull-Neujahr
Sound design:Kirsten Kunhardt
Sound:Norbert Gaisbauer, René Göckel
Audio mixing:Michael Eiler
Music:H. C. Mylla
Ann Eleonora JørgensenValentina
Demetre >Duta< SkhirtladzeGeorgi
Robert GiggenbachLabody
Boris AljinovićDavid
Merab NinidzeAbili
Sandro ButikashviliZurah
Barbara FeltusSusi
Jürgen GoslarMorland
Vera Lippisch
Production company:Egoli Tossell Film AG (Berlin)
in co-production with:Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR) (München), Südwestrundfunk (SWR) (Stuttgart), Arte Deutschland TV GmbH (Baden-Baden)
Producer:Judy Tossell
Producer (TV):Claudia Gladziejewski, Bettina Reitz, Sabine Holtgreve (SWR), Barbara Häbe, Monika Lobkowicz
Producer:Marc Wächter
Line producer:Oliver Damian
Unit production manager:Rudi Fleischhacker
Location manager:Heike Käbisch
Shoot:10.2003-11.2003: Tblisi (=Tiflis. Georgien), München
Funding:FilmFernsehFonds Bayern GmbH (FFFB) (München)
Length:90 min
Format:35mm, 1:1,85
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Ton
Screening:Uraufführung: 18.01.2005, Saarbrücken, Max-Ophüls-Preis;
TV-Erstsendung: 27.06.2005, Arte


Originaltitel (DE) Georgisches Liebeslied
Arbeitstitel (DE) Kaukasischer Coup
Reihentitel Die Erde weint



Length:90 min
Format:35mm, 1:1,85
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Ton
Screening:Uraufführung: 18.01.2005, Saarbrücken, Max-Ophüls-Preis;
TV-Erstsendung: 27.06.2005, Arte