BRIGHTON 4th is a beguiling portrait of parental sacrifice and the love of a father for his son, former wrestler Kakhi (played by real-life Olympic champion Levan Tediashvili) embarks on a journey from his home in the Republic of Georgia to visit his son Soso (Giorgi Tabidze) in the Russian-speaking neighborhood of Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. There he finds him living in a shabby boarding house populated by a colorful group of fellow Georgian immigrants. Soso is not studying medicine, as Kakhi believed, but is working for a moving company and has accrued a $14,000 gambling debt to a local Russian mob boss. Kakhi sets his mind to helping his hapless son out of his debt, leading to situations as often comic as they are dire. Lensed by Oscar®-nominated cinematographer Phedon Papamichael (The Trial of the Chicago 7, Nebraska), Levan Koguashvili’s BRIGHTON 4TH won three major awards at the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival – Best International Film, Best Actor, and Best Screenplay – and is Georgia’s official submission to the 94th Academy Awards®. Director Levan Koguashvili joins us for a conversation on the challenges and the great rewards of working with non-professional actors, exploring the ex-pat community of Brighton Beach and working with the first time actor and wrestling legend Levan Tedaishvili and Russian screen legend Kakhi Kavsadze.
Georgia’s Official Submission for International Feature Film at the 94th Academy Awards®
WINNER at Tribeca Film Festival 2021: Best International Feature; Best Screenplay & Best Actor
About the filmmaker – Levan Koguashvili is a Georgian film director and screenwriter. He studied Film at the State University in Tbilisi, but a war broke out in Georgia and he worked as a journalist for the first Georgian TV. In 1999, he graduated from the VGIK (Moscow) and in 2007 – from the Tisch School of the Art’s Graduate Film Programme. Street Days (2010) was premiered in Competition of the Rotterdam IFF and was regarded as the beginning of a new wave of the Georgian cinema. Blind Dates (2013) premiered at Toronto and Berlin IFF and won 20 awards.
86% Rotten Tomatoes
“A gentle, naturalistic story of parental devotion and sacrifice… balances rueful humor with genuine sweetness.” – Alissa Simon, Variety
“Touchingly absurd and absurdly touching… A slow-burn family drama infused with welcome doses of deadpan dark humor.” – Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter
“If you want a potential foreign language contender, Brighton 4th could be it.” – Joey Magidson, Awards Radar
“A near-perfect, semi-comic portrait of the low-rent Georgian enclave in Brighton Beach.” – Michael Atkinson, The Village Voice
“A touching and surprising exploration of masculinity that features a stunning central performance from former Olympic wrestling champion Levan Tediashvili.” – Kaleem Aftab, Cineuropa
“Koguashvili deftly blends tones in his vividly realized snapshots of Georgian manhood.” – Wendy Ide, Screen Daily
“A compelling portrait of the Eastern European community that exists in Brighton, [featuring] a great performance by Tediashvili, in his first film role.” – Christian Gallichio, The Playlist