BEBIA, À MON SEUL DÉSIR
Uk/Georgia , 2020, 113′
Following the death of her grandmother (‘Bebia’), seventeen-year-old model Ariadna returns to Georgia to attend the funeral. Back in her motherland, she receives an unusual and unexpected request: according to an ancient local tradition, Ariadna, as the youngest member of the family, is responsible for reuniting the body and soul of her grandmother by connecting a thread from the place of her death to the resting body. At first reluctant to fulfil such a bizarre-sounding ritual, Ariadna soon finds herself carrying a single line of thread across 25km of unspoiled Georgian countryside, accompanied by Temo, a young man and family friend of uncertain motive. Traversing this exhausting and raw terrain over a number of days and nights, Ariadna is forced to confront the impact that the complex, sometimes cruel matriarch —Bebia — had on her not-so-distant childhood. The first film from director and writer Juja Dobrachkous and shot entirely in stunning black-and-white, “Bebia – à mon seul désir” finds inspiration in Greek mythology, compassionately acknowledging that, even when the Minotaur is dead, it’s never easy to find your way out of the maze.
is a director, writer and painter based in London. Born in Soviet Russia, she graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Moscow. “I painted all the time and everyone was happy but me. The gap between my ideas and achievement was so large that I grew physically sick from it. Hoping to narrow this space, I started to write.” Juja has published two works of fiction and her short stories (Rubber Baby, 2011; Very Scary and A bit Shameful, 2019) have appeared in several anthologies of modern Russian literature, as well as a number of magazines. “I prefer writing to painting, where the distance between intention and result is much narrower”. Juja’s short works of fiction have been widely acclaimed in Russia, several being optioned by film production companies. Bebia is Juja’s feature film debut. “I finally found the best format to narrow the gap between my ideas and execution: cinema”.