Frankfurt am Main | 13 – 20 October 2024

Drawing Lots

By Zaza Khalvashi and Tamta Khalvashi
Wed, 18 October 2023, 7:30 PM
Love and crime, secrets and dreams intertwine in this ensemble tale that wends its seductive way through a tight-knit community in a Georgian town. Nothing is as it seems in the modulating rhythms of fate, the shifting loyalties and the ultimate reality that “neighborhood” sometimes means "family". The title refers to the central image of the neighbours playing a bingo-style game, their cacophonous and good-natured bickering exemplifying the community’s dynamics, and the game itself exemplifying the randomness of life, the fickleness of fate. Zaza Khalvashi's unexpected death was a great loss for Georgian and international world of cinema. But his family members, colleagues and admirers decided to continue his legacy and take care of making his final film "Drawing Lots" yet another successful artworks in his biography.


Film Info


Drawing Lots
Original title
Loto- ლოტო (Georgian)
  • Georgia
  • Lithuania
Spoken language
  • Georgian
  • English
84 Minutes
Color Format
  • Black and white


  • Zaza Khalvashi
  • Tamta Khalvashi
  • Writer
  • Producers
  • Sulkhan TURMANIDZE
  • Cast

  • Guladi GOGUADZE
  • Anri MUTIDZE
  • Omar BERIDZE
  • Nodar QIQAVA
  • Director

    • Zaza KhalvashiTamta Khalvashi

      Zaza Khalvashi was born in 1957 in Batumi, Georgia. Dies in 2020 in Tbilisi, Georgia. In 1979 graduated from Tbilisi State University faculty of philology, then completed a course at Tbilisi Rustaveli Institute of Literature. In 1982 graduated from Tbilisi State Institute faculty of film directing, studied under two prominent Georgian directors' supervision - Tengiz Abuladze and Rezo Chkheidze. Before Winter 2020 he divided his time between his art and teaching. As a full professor he gave lectures in film directing at Batumi State Art University, also managed Film and Television Department. On the other hand he was the founding manager of film studio BAFIS, which produced his two latest films - "Solomon" and "Namme". Zaza Khalvashi has served on a number of significant public posts in the Adjara region of Georgia, namely in 2004-2005 he managed Public TV and Radio Corporation of Adjara region; in 2007-2012 he managed Batumi Chavchavadze State Drama Theatre and in 2013-2016 he was chairman of the board of councilors of Public TV and Radio Corporation of Adjara region. Tamta Khalvashi is professor of Anthropology at Ilia State University in Georgia. She obtained her PhD in Anthropology from Copenhagen University (2015). She has been awarded postdoctoral fellowships from Fulbright Program at New York University, Department of Anthropology (2016-2017) and Cornell University, the Society for the Humanities (2022-23). Her research interests are located in the overlap of experimental anthropology, documentary filmmaking and cultural anthropology. Currently Tamta is finalizing her book Peripheral Shame: Afective City and Nation on the Margins of Georgia as well as the documentary film Will of Frames. She is an author of A Sea of Transience: Politics, Poetics and Aesthetics on the Black Sea Coast (with Martin Demant Frederiksen). She was instrumental in finishing feature film project Drawing Lots after director Zaza Khalvashi passed away in 2020.

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