Uta Beria
Youth Drama 90'
Georgian (ENG Subs)
Young Audience Award Taoba 2020, EU Human Rights In Film Award Tbilisi 2019

ArteKino 2021, GoEast 2020,
Taboa 2020, Pyeongchang 2020, Eastern Neighbors 2020, Bridges 2020, Rome 2019, WP Arras 2019

Based on the true story of a juvenile detention centre in Tbilisi, Georgia in the early 2000s. Two former professional rugby players took on the challenge of helping the young offenders at the centre by introducing rugby to their lives. During their time there, they met many of the young inmates and wrote down their stories whilst training the boys. This rough, powerful first feature is strikingly authentic. - Olivier Père, Director of ARTE France Cinéma -
"The rules are simple here: you're either with them or you're screwed"

The highly developed Georgian roots of the "vori v zakone" (thieves in law) criminal culture - born in the prisons of the USSR and enduring far beyond the fall of communism - are placed centre stage, courtesy of Negative Numbers [+], the first feature film by Uta Beria, unveiled in a world premiere, in competition, at the 20th Arras Film Festival.

Based on real events that occurred in early aughts Georgia, Tbilisi. The post Soviet country after 10 years or so of independence, had devolved into a 'thief-in-law' (vori v zakone) culture, a hangover from the days of the past. This culture led to huge growth in well organized crime being run by clans of families across the city running ghettos in different neighborhoods, which resulted in a 'zero tolerance' policy being implemented by the then president. Many young men were being locked up, some of them sentenced to 10 years for the crime of breaking a window. The system that was put in place resulted in over 10,000 juveniles being locked up.

Two former rugby stars took action to remedy this situation, with the aid of UNICEF and the United Nations took rugby training to these young inmates. Our story is in one of these prisons, stories that were written down from actual inmates accounts and adapted for this film.
Film producer
Magnet Films, Wide Management , alief, 39 Films
Starring actors
Sandro Kalandadze (Nika), Viktor Barbakadze (Zuka), Tedo Bekhauri (Mate), Lexo Gugava (Coach)
Supported by
Georgian National Film Centre, Eurimages, CNC France, Wide Distribution, TBC Bank, Millimeter Film, 39 Films
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