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City of the Sun


Dir. Rati Oneli, Georgia/United States/Qatar/Netherlands 2017, 100 min


Chiatura is a city in western Georgia. There was a time when it was responsible for supplying 50% of the world's manganese and at its peak, the mine employed up to 10,000 workers. Today, with drastically reduced manganese production, dangerous working conditions and little prospect for any improvement, it is well on its way to becoming a ghost town.

In City of the Sun, the lives, dreams and destinies of extraordinary characters unfold amid the ruins of a semi-abandoned mining town. A music teacher keeps demolishing the city to build a new life for himself and his family, a miner-turned-actor lives in a limbo, unable to make a decision between his passion (theater) and money (working at the mines), and two malnourished champion athletes have to keep running just to survive.

The screening on 14 July is the London premiere