Some Interviews on Personal Matters is one of the first feminist films of Soviet cinema and comes to Berwick freshly restored by Arsenal Berlin. Lana Gogoberidze’s narrative follows Sofiko, a journalist who interviews a wide range of women about their lives, desires and domestic labour. Laying bare the connections between the private and political in almost documentary style, the film focuses on the struggle between Sofiko’s independence and her obligations towards her own family. A powerful performance by Sofiko Chiaureli—who viewers will recognize from her iconic role in Sergei Parajanov’s The Colour of Pomegranates—is at the center of what is a quite personal film for Lana Gogoberidze, one of three generations of Georgian women filmmakers from her mother Nutsa Gogoberidze (an associate of Eisenstein, Dovzhenko and Mikhail Kalatozov in the 1930s) to her daughter Salome Alexi.

‘Sofiko ... seemingly epitomises the ideal of a Soviet superwoman who takes pride in working and running a household. However, behind the false veneer of a perfect family lie latent tensions which eventually tear it apart. Sofiko’s unaspiring husband is stuck in a bureaucratic job he dislikes, reprimands Sofiko for working too much and “digging in other people’s lives”, and finds comfort with another woman. Sofiko adores her job, however, and through interviewing other women about their lives, hopes and dreams realises that her own happiness is mired by suffocating familial duties.’ —Tamar Koplatadze

Lana Gogoberidze

Lana Gogoberidze (1928, Tbilisi) graduated from Tbilisi State University (Department of the English Language and Literature) in 1955. She wrote her dissertation on Social Nature and Walt Whitman’s Poetry and had two collections of poetry translations of Walt Whitman and Rabindranath Tagore published. In 1958, she graduated from the Department of Filmmaking of the Moscow State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK). Between 1958 and 1992, she enjoyed a rich filmmaking career, directing eight features and several shorts and documentaries. Her film A Day Longer Than Night was selected for the 1984 Cannes Film Festival.

Gogoberidze holds the State Award of the USSR (1979), State Award of Georgian SSR (1984), People’s Artist of Republic of Georgia and Order of Honour. In 1988, she was elected President of the International Association of Women Directors with headquarters in London. She has been a jury panel member and chair at many international film festivals. She was elected to the Parliament of Georgia in 1992-1995 and in 2004 served as Georgia's Ambassador to France. In recognition of her efforts in filmmaking, poetry, translation and in promoting Georgia-France friendship, Lana Gogoberidze received the French National Order of the Legion of Honour in 1997.

Filmography

The Waltz on the Pechora (Valsi Pechoraze, 1992), Full Circle (Oromtriali, 1987), A Day Longer than Night (Dges game utenebia, 1984), Tserilebi shvilebtan (1981), Some Interviews on Personal Matters (Ramdenime interviu pirad sakitkhebze, 1978), The Little Incident (Aurzari salkhinetsi, 1975), When Almonds Blossomed (Rotsa akvavda nushi, 1972), Limits (Peristsvaleba, 1968), I See the Sun (Me vkhedav mzes, 1965), Under One Sky (Erti tsis kvesh, 1961), Tbilisi, 1500 Years (Tbilisi 1500 tslisaa, 1959), Gelati (1958)