Berlinale FIPRESCI winner “What Do We See When We Look At The Sky?” received rave reviews at the Berlin Film Festival earlier this year. Now, the enchanting sophomore feature from Georgian director Alexandre Koberidze is about to make its North American premiere at the New York Film Festival next week, followed by a MUBI premiere in November.
“This isn’t just an ode to the impossibility of love, the magnetic pull that enwraps us and drags us, unknowingly, towards strangers,” our Berlin review wrote, “But to affection in all of its forms: to friends, to home, to the cobbled city streets, to ice cream and the birds that chirp and dance in the sky.’
Here’s the official synopsis:
In the Georgian riverside city of Kutaisi, summertime romance and World Cup fever are in the air. After a pair of chance encounters, pharmacist Lisa and soccer player Giorgi find their plans for a date undone when they both awaken magically transformed — with no way to recognize or contact each other. As the would-be couple tries to reunite, their eyes are opened to a whole new world filled with surprises in every cafe, courtyard, and cinema.
An enchantingly inventive portrait of young love en plein air, What Do We See When We Look at the Sky? reveals a modern-day fairy tale unlike any other. This standout second feature from director Alexandre Koberidze is poised to become a breakthrough film in the burgeoning Georgian New Wave and marks the arrival of a major new voice in world cinema.
The film stars Ani Karseladze, Giorgi Bochorishvili, and Vakhtang Panchulidze. MUBI will release “What Do We See When We Look At The Sky?” on November 12, theatrically at Film at Lincoln Center and Metrograph, then expanding nationwide. Check out the exclusive new trailer and poster below.