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IGI is a young hunter in a prehistoric, primitive, still bent-over tribe who is the first to straighten up.
Igi is a young, strong hunter in the prehistoric, primitive tribe who are still bent-over. He is the first one to straighten up and see the world from a different angle. The young Chief Kaas does not approve of straightening up. But bending back brings enormous pain to IGI, and he has to descend from the best hunter in tribe to the near-death, outcast and lonely position to face the fact he must be what he really is, and straighten up for good. New possibilities, new ways of thinking and acting come to him; love, expressive words and artistic abilities open up one after another, raising him even higher than before, to the “real tribe leader” who everyone loves. But Chief Kaas, afraid to be loosing the power, sentences him to death, which makes the idea of Straightened Man even stronger.
IGI combines several of my interests and passions. I have always wondered how a person would see the world if they could see it for the first time. What would their feelings be like if they were felt for the first time. Where is the best place to discover it if not the place where it was born, when the experience of being human was born. Making this film is looking for answers to the deep questions held by each human: finding yourself, being in the moment and certain metamorphosis we are all going through at some moment in our life. Setting the story in prehistoric times will only help me to make it diverse, as this is the story of every human being in every society. Straightening up is the best visualization of becoming a person. IGI has the potential to touch people at a very deep level and this is something we all share.
Natia Nikolashvili was born in Tbilisi, Georgia in 1989. After finishing film and theatre university studies, she made the short diploma animation The Land of the Rising Sun in 2010, and secured her first international screenings. Later, as part of 20 Steps Production, she made her debut short animation li.le in 2017 which was premiered in the Berlinale generation section and was screened at over 45 festivals worldwide. She is a co-founder of the 2D service company Animatory and develops the feature animation project IGI with the producer Vladimer Katcharava.
Vladimer Katcharav was born in Sokhumi, Georgia, in 1978. After founding the production company 20 Steps Productions, he produced and co-produced more than 15 feature and short, action and animated films, with nominations in Cannes, Berlinale, Venice film festivals, etc. He has 3 action and animation feature projects in development.
Country of production
Adults, young adults
Production company20 Steps Productions