The Empty House


12-year-old Nino is growing up in post-Soviet Georgia during the civil war of the early 90s. She still plays with her doll, wants to become a writer and has an over-romantic view of the family. For her, reality and dreams are merged into a world full of expectations. After 7 years of absence, her father returns from prison and her family, the members of which represent three generations, is complete. But soon things turn out to be different from what she had expected – the house slowly turns into a battlefield and begins to crumble around her. Confronted with a reality bitter beyond her imagination, Nino leaves her childhood behind and prematurely becomes a woman.


  • Festival de Cannes – Cinéfondation Résidence
  • TIFF – Eurimages Co-production Development Award for the Best Project
  • 70th Locarno Festival – Open Doors' Special Mention Award
  • Sundance Screenwriters Lab – Shortlisted

    (A Film by Rati Tsiteladze, Written by Nino Varsimashvili.)