Negative Numbers

Uta Beria

Georgia, France, Italy2019110 MinGeorgian

Subtitles: FR, EN, ES, DE, NL, HU, IT, PL, PT, RO

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NEGATIVE NUMBERS is based on the true story of a juvenile detention centre in Tbilisi, Georgia in the early 2000s. Two former professional rugby players took on the challenge of helping the young offenders at the centre by introducing rugby to their lives. During their time there, they met many of the young inmates and wrote down their stories whilst training the boys. This rough, powerful first feature is strikingly authentic.

- Olivier Père, Director of ARTE France Cinéma -

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NEGATIVE NUMBERS is the true story of a juvenile detention centre in Tbilisi, Georgia in the early 2000s. Two ex- professional rugby players took up the challenge to help these young offenders by bringing rugby in to the centre. The film recounts some of these stories. "When you have to decide which family you really belong to".

  • Roma IFF 2019: International Feature Competition
  • Starring:  Sandro Kalandadze, Viktor Barbakadze, Tedo Bekhauri, Lexo Gugava, Sandro Abashidze
  • Production:  Magnet Films, Alief, 1991 Productions, 39 Films, Wide Management
  • International Sales:  Wide Management

Prison, young people, organised crime and rugby all jostle together in the first feature by Uta Beria, who turns to fiction to decipher the ambivalent power of the group and the system in question.

- Cineuropa -

Uta Beria

Uta Beria is a film director and screenwriter. In 2009, he graduated from Shota Rustaveli Theatre and Film State University with a B.A. in Film and TV Directing. In 2010-2011, he attended a Screenwriting Program at the same university and graduated with a M.F.A. Degree.

Finding freedom inside the prison and fighting for this freedom is the overriding theme in the film. These young people are both guilty and oppressed. The action oscillates between these two extremes from one scene to the next.