Drawing Lots

Georgia, Lithuania, 2023


BAFIS, 84minsmins

B&W, 1:1,66



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Love and crime and secrets and dreams intertwine in this ensemble tale that wends its seductive
way through a tight-knit community in a Georgian seaside town. Nothing is as it seems in the
modulating rhythms of fate, the shifting loyalties and the ultimate reality that “neighborhood”
sometimes really means “family”.

Cast & Crew

Producers - Sulkhan Turmanidze, Ieva Norviliene, Tekla Machavariani

Screenwriters - Zaza Khalvashi

Featuring - Inga Jakhutashvili, Guladi Goguadze, Leila Bibineishvili, Anri Mutidze, Lika Demetradze, Suzana Grigoriani

Cinematographer - Giorgi Shvelidze

Music - Minco Eggersman

Zaza Khalvashi

Zaza Khalvashi


Zaza Khalvashi was born in 1957 in Batumi, Georgia. Dies in 2020 in Tbilisi, Georgia.

In 1979 graduated from Tbilisi State University faculty of philology, then completed a course at Tbilisi Rustaveli Institute of Literature. In 1982 graduated from Tbilisi State Institute faculty of film directing, studied under two prominent Georgian directors’ supervision – Tengiz Abuladze and Rezo Chkheidze.

Before Winter 2020 he divided his time between his art and teaching. As a full professor he gave lectures in film directing at Batumi State Art University, also managed Film and Television Department. On the other hand he was the founding manager of film studio BAFIS, which produced his two latest films – “Solomon” and “Namme”.

Zaza Khalvashi has served on a number of significant public posts in the Adjara region of Georgia, namely in 2004-2005 he managed Public TV and Radio Corporation of Adjara region; in 2007-2012 he managed Batumi Chavchavadze State Drama Theatre and in 2013-2016 he was chairman of the board of councilors of Public TV and Radio Corporation of Adjara region.


Time- short film/1981/ Director
Echo- short film/1985 /Director, Writer
There where I live – feature film/ 1992 /Director, Writer
Miserere- feature film/1996/Director, Writer
Round Dance of Wolves- TV series, 12 episodes/ Imedi TV 2004/ Director Solomon- feature film/ 2015/Director
Namme- feature film/ 2017/Director, Writer

Tamta Khalvashi

Tamta Khalvashi


Tamta Khalvashi is professor of Anthropology at Ilia State University in Georgia. She obtained her PhD in Anthropology from Copenhagen University (2015)
She has been awarded postdoctoral fellowships from Fulbright Program at New York University, Department of Anthropology (2016-2017) and Cornell University, the Society for the Humanities (2022-2
Her research interests are located in the overlap of experimental anthropology, documentary filmmaking and cultural anthropology.

Currently Tamta is finalizing her book Peripheral Shame: Afective City and Nation on the Margins of Georgia as well as the documentary film will of Frames.
She is an author of A Sea of Transience: Politics, Poetics and Aesthetics on the Black Sea Coast (with Martin Demant Frederiksen).

She was instrumental in finishing feature film project Drawing Lots after director Zaza Khalvashi passed away in 2020.