In 1992, following the collapse of the Soviet Union, war broke out between Georgia and the autonomous region of Abkhazia, killing around 20,000 people and displacing more than 250,000. An uneasy ceasefire was agreed upon.
The Enguri River forms the border between Georgia and the breakaway Republic of Abkhazia. Every spring the river brings fertile soil from the Caucasus down to the plains, creating a tiny island. The island might exist for years, or might be swept up any minute. United by hopes for a better future, 70-year-old Abga and his teenage grandaughter Asida decide to take the risk to escape poverty and try to cultivate the land. They even build a wooden cottage which protects them from the hot sun. But when Asida one day discovers a young man on the island, their new idyllic world is threatened.
A master class in emotionally charged minimalism…
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
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