Directed by Sundance winner Nino Kirtadze in Tbilisi, Georgia for the 94 Elements project. Become part of the project now at indiegogo.com/94elements
94 Elements is a new web-based global filmmaking project, exploring our lives through the lens of the elements. The project is creating a collection of unique human stories by award-winning filmmakers and the best emerging filmmaking talent about the endless ways the elements touch our daily lives. Each filmmaker will create an authored 4-7 minute film around a way we extract or use one element. The films are surprising and moving human stories involving the elements – this is not about science, but about our human relationships with our natural resources. Visit the project website at 94elements.com
MAKING THE FILM
"A filmmaker never chooses a story completely by chance.
Many people have probably lived this kind of disturbing moment where we’re confronted with an invisible enemy inside our bodies. Suddenly our future seems to depend on a cloudy little white splotch in the middle of a gray zone of an MRI scan. When the time comes to try and decipher the mysterious images an age-old fear wakes up and its exuberance and predictability make the situation almost comical.
A few months before shooting this film I found myself in the same situation as Levan, the film’s protagonist. Fascinated, I observed the interior of my body on the hospital computer screen while the doctor used his doctor-speak language to explain what the problem was. His foreign words were frightening and set my imagination wild. I felt myself being transformed into a scientific object without holding the keys to understand the importance of what I was seeing or hearing.
In this state of mind, I wanted to film this tragicomic moment of sudden metamorphosis, when the anguish grows to gigantic proportions, taking over our entourage as well.
I learned how the element Gadolinium is used to provide the contrast in the MRI images – these same images that represent such hope or despair for us as patients. I then set out to find a character about to have an IRM scan, hoping his reactions would be similar to my own. And I found Levan. And the whole time I was filming I kept thinking that Levan could be me, that he could also be you, or someone we know.
Nino Kirtadze - Filmmaker