A new animated film “The Knight in Tiger Skin” by Mirza Davitaia of GI-Films will be released at the Laemmle Theater on October 7, 2022. It is the first adaptation of Shota Rustaveli’s medieval poem.
The poem “The Knight in the Panther’s Skin” is one of the greatest pieces of world literature and is considered by many historians to be one of the most important poems in the history of medieval literature.
“I am a visual artist and filmmaker who moved from Eastern Europe to the United States eight years ago. I come from a very ancient and unique culture. For centuries, Georgia has been at the crossroads of civilizations and has been influenced by the East as well as the West. Many compelling stories originated in the Caucasus region and are still waiting to be discovered by Western audiences,” says writer and director Mirza Davitaia .
“Some scholars have suggested that Rustaveli’s poem ‘The Knight in Panther’s Skin’ as well as Gorgani’s ‘Vis and Ramin’ may have influenced the legend of Tristan and Iseult and even Romeo and Juliet.
“My mission is to bring this incredible story to a wider audience. Even so, I have changed many things to make it more relevant to a contemporary audience, the main plot remains the same as in the poem.”
The film was made with an experimental approach by combining rotoscope, traditional 2D and 3D animation techniques.
Mirza Davitaia is a filmmaker who has been writing, directing and producing animated and live-action films since 1993.
In 2016, Mirza created the graphic novel “The Knight in the Tiger’s Skin” (AKA Prince of India). The book was published by top Georgian publisher “Artanuji” and was nominated by the Georgian public broadcaster as the best literary work of 2016 for the “Best of the Year Award”.
In previous years, Mirza has produced and written several live-action films, including 2021’s ‘The Narrow Bridge’, 2020’s ‘The Last Fortress’ and 2019’s ‘Anton’ which was directed by the Oscar winner and the Golden Globe-nominated director, Zaza Urushadze. In 2010, Mirza produced an action thriller “5 Days of War” starring Andy Garcia, Rupert Friend, Val Kilmer and other top Hollywood actors. In 2013, he co-produced a comedy “Jacky in Women’s Kingdom”, with Charlotte Gainsbourg and Michel Hazanavicius.
Mirza Davitaia was born and raised in Georgia. Between 2004 and 2012, he was a Member of Parliament, Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee, Deputy Minister of Culture and Protection of Monuments, as well as Minister of State for Diaspora Issues.
From 1992 to 2000, Mirza studied animation, illustration, graphic design and fine art at the fine arts academies of Tbilisi, Georgia and Nuremberg, Germany.
Link to the trailer: “The Knight in the Tiger Skin” – Trailer – YouTube –
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