Sandro Souladze



Director and writer Sandro Souladze was born in Tbilisi, Georgia, in 1988 in the family of filmmakers. At 23, he applied to Shota Rustaveli Film and Theater Georgia State University where he got his master’s degree in filmmaking. In 2016, he co-founded a production company Orni Films.
Before graduation, he shot three short films – THE VIOLINIST, THE BLACK GOO and TUTA. Sandro’s films have traveled around various international film festivals including Filmfestival Cottbus, Trieste IFF, Tbilisi IFF, Arctic Film Festival, Art-House Film Festival of St. Petersburg (Winner), Grand Off – World Independent Short Film Awards, UNICEF Innocenti Film Festival, and many others.
Sandro is TorinoFilmLab and Berlinale Talents alum. THE WATCHERS, his first independent short was developed there in the framework of Short Form Station. The project got production funding from the Georgian National Film Center and Georgian Public broadcaster. Post-production service was provided by Di Factory in Poland. The film had its world premiere at Raindance Film Festival.



Kessa returns back to her native village in the western Georgian region of Megrelia, for a short vacation. On the first day, she learns from her uncle about the disappearance of her childhood friend Elene.
Kessa becomes interested and tries to find out what could have happened. She discovers that there might be a connection to the tragic events in the village from two decades ago, during the civil war. Unlike Elene, Kessa doesn’t remember anything from then. Even the name Elene is nothing but a faint echo from her past.
Her investigations lead her to the national park nearby, where an ongoing forest fire seems to be swallowing everything on its way. But this is not her only obstacle; her mental state worsens the more she dives into the village affairs and anything connected to her childhood. Delusions force her to remain in her room avoiding any human contact.
Not being able to explore more about Elene, but also not wanting to leave, Kessa seems to be caught between trauma and obsession.