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SFFILM Festival

Wet Sand

Directed by Elene Naveriani

Switzerland | 115

30 Apr
Sat, Apr 30, 2022 at 12:00 pm PT


After local recluse Eliko’s suicide, his granddaughter Moe returns to his Georgian seaside village to organize his funeral only to discover a secret love long suppressed in this quiet meditative drama. While making arrangements, she encounters indifference and outright hostility with only café owner Amnon and waitress Fleshka, along with a few sympathetic locals willing to help her. As rumors swirl around the dead man’s proclivities, more gossip surfaces, igniting yet another vicious cycle of innuendo. As Moe doggedly pursues the heart of the matter, she finds the courage to act faithfully in her own life. Set against the backdrop of church-sanctioned, far-right political protests attacking LGBTQ anti-discrimination laws, director/co-writer Elene Naveriani works steadfastly to break the cycle through a collective reckoning that simultaneously destroys and creates.

Director Elene Naveriani

A native of Georgia and now based in Switzerland, Elene Naveriani first studied monumental painting at the Tbilisi State Academy of Art and achieved a Master’s in Critical Curatorial Cybermedia at the HEAD – Geneva (Geneva School of Art and Design) before switching her studies to cinema. Among her films are shorts Gospel of Anasyrma (2014), Lantsky Papa’s stolen ox (2018), and Red Ants Bite (2019), and her first feature, I Am Truly a Drop of Sun on Earth (2017). Wet Sand (2021) is her second feature.



Film Details

Language Georgian

Year 2021

Premiere California

Runtime 115

Country Switzerland, Georgia

Director Elene Naveriani

Producer Cornelia Seitler, Brigitte Hofer, Ketie Danelia

Writer Sandro Naveriani, Elene Naveriani

Editor Aurora Vögeli

Cinematographer Agnesh Pakozdi

Cast Bebe Sesitashvili, Megi Kobaladze, Gia Agumava

Closed Captions Closed captions are not available for this screening.

Audio Description Audio description is not available for this screening.

American Sign Language (ASL) Interpretation American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation is not currently scheduled for this event. For more information about ASL interpretation at our events, e-mail ADA@SFFilm.org.