Depuis qu’Otar est parti


Through a white lie, Since Otar left is a delicate portrait of three women from different generations in today’s Georgia. Eka, the grandmother, Marina, the daughter and Ada, the granddaughter, live in Tbiliss, the charming but dilapidated capital of the now independent Georgia. The old apartment, that the three women are compelled to share, is not always filled with joy. Letters from Otar, the son of Eka, are like breaths of hope and dreams. Otar, who, like Ada, inherited Eka’s love for French culture, has moved to France. The day Otar accidently dies, Marina cannot resolve to tell the terrible news to Eka. With Ada’s complicity, she conceals the truth from her. The lie, which is supposed to justify his absence, will disrupt their lives…



Julie Bertuccelli is a French director born in Boulogne-Billancourt in 1968. She has a Master's degree in philosophy and worked as an assistant director with directors such as Georges Lautner, Krzysztof Kieślowski, Bertrand Tavernier and Christian de Chalonge while launching a career as a documentary film-maker in 1993. Her first feature film, “Depuis qu'Otar est parti” (Since Otar Left) (2003), was a great international success and won numerous awards, including the Critics' Week Grand Prix at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival and the César for the Best First Feature Film in 2004. Since then, her feature films such as “L’arbre” (The Tree) (fiction, 2010), “La cour de Babel” (School of Babel) (documentary, 2014), “Dernières nouvelles du cosmos” (Latest News from the Cosmos) (documentary, 2016) and “La dernière folie de Claire Darling” (Claire Darling) (fiction, 2018) have been screened and received awards in numerous festivals around the world.

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