Pills, card games and cigarettes: this is how the days go by in Abastumani. In a crumbling palatial building high in the Georgian mountains, people who are chronically ill with tuberculosis live in complete isolation – until they find out that their unloved home is to be demolished. In calm and clear images, MAGIC MOUNTAIN tells of a parallel world and how it begins to falter. Samay Claro
English/Original Title: JADOSNURI MTA. German title: ZAUBERBERG. Writer: Mariam Chachia. Camera: Nik Voigt. Sound: Sebastian Zsemley. Editing: Nik Voigt, Mariam Chachia. Editing advisors: Celine Kelepikis, Derek Howard. Music: Paul 'Foda' Fothergill. Production: OpyoDoc. Producer: Mariam Chachia, Co-Producer: Ewa Szwarc. Length: 73 min. International Sales: Institute of Documentary Film
Mariam Chachia graduated from Shot Rustaveli Georgian State University of Theatre and Film in 2003. She worked for film and TV productions for several years, and in 2012 she shot her first documentary film KIROV STREET 8. In 2014 she founded the organisation OpyoDoc, which strives for social change projects.
Nik Voigt works as a cameraman, director and editor. He worked in various film and media fields before finding his calling in documentary film in 2016. Since then, he has made nine documentaries that have been broadcast on arte and screened at numerous European festivals. MAGIC MOUNTAIN is his debut as co-director for a feature-length documentary.
KIROV STREET, GE/FR 2013
LISTEN TO THE SILENCE, GE/FR 2016
BEFORE FATHER GETS BACK, GE/FR 2019 (Cinematography)
WATER HAS NO BORDERS, GE/FR 2021 (Cinematography)
Nominated for the VIKTOR Main Competition DOK.international
Slices of life, insights and perspectives: The films of the International Competition open doors to new worlds for us. They compete for the award VIKTOR Main Competition, which is endowed with 10,000 euros. The award donor is Bayerischer Rundfunk.