Zaza Rusadze

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Zaza Rusadze (Georgian: ზაზა რუსაძე; born 24 May 1977 in Tbilisi, Georgia) is a film-maker, who lives in Tbilisi and Berlin, Germany. He is a member of the Georgian artists group Goslab.[1]


From 1989 to 1994, in his teenager years, Rusadze worked as anchorperson on Georgian TV for a youth program.[2]

In 1996 he became a student at College of Film and Television (Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen "Konrad Wolf" HFF), in Potsdam, Germany.

During his studies he worked in the news department of Deutsche Welle and – as an interpreter – on film festivals like Berlinale, Dok Leipzig or the East European Film Festival in Cottbus (Rusadze speaks Georgian, German, Russian and English).[3]

In 2003 Rusadze graduated at HFF as a film director with the documentary film Bandits.[4]

In 2007 Rusadze founded the production company Zazarfilm in Tbilisi.[5]

Zaza Rusadze contributed to films of Nika Machaidze, Ineke Smits, Dito Tsintsadze, Otar Ioseliani or Julia Loktev.

A Fold in My Blanket[edit]

From 2006 until 2007 Rusadze participated in the postgraduate program Binger Filmlab in Amsterdam, where he developed A Fold of my Blanket, a script for a forthcoming film.[6]

In March 2010 he was granted the Nipkow scholarship in Berlin, to complete the screen-play for A Fold of my Blanket. In summer 2011 the shooting for his first fiction feature film begun.[7] Rusadze changed the title to A Fold in My Blanket.

February 2013 the film opened the Panorama's main program of 63rd Berlinale.[8] In Summer 2014 it was released on DVD. [9]

Filmography (selection)[edit]

as director:

  • Oskar oder malen nach Zahlen (1997, documentary film, HFF, 16mm/15min)
  • Zu weit und weiter (1999, short-film, HFF, 16mm/13min)
  • Bandits (2003, documentary film based on the attempted hijacking of Aeroflot Flight 6833 in 1983)
  • Ein Stern für Aneti (2005, fiction)
  • Folds and Cracks (2009, short-film)
  • Time Forward – A Documentary Series by Zaza Rusadze (2010, mini series for the Georgian TV channel PIK)
  • A Fold in My Blanket (2013, fiction)

as scriptwriter:

  • Bandits (2003)
  • Ein Stern für Aneti (2005)
  • Dito Tsintsadze: The Man from the Embassy (2006)
  • Nika Machaidze: Anarekli (2009)
  • Folds and Cracks (2009)
  • A Fold in My Blanket (2013)

as producer (Zazarfilm):

  • Folds and Cracks (2009)
  • A Fold in My Blanket (2013)



  1. ^ Rusadze on the website of Goslab
  2. ^ biographic data on Zaza Rusadzes Homepage
  3. ^ biographic data on Zaza Rusadzes Homepage
  4. ^ Bandits on the website of the production company Credofilm
  5. ^ Zazarfilm
  6. ^ Rusadze on the website of Binger Filmlab
  7. ^ A Fold in My Blanket on
  8. ^ "On Thursday February 7, the Panorama's main programme will open with an astonishing directorial debut from Georgia: In Chemi Sabnis Naketsi (A Fold in my Blanket), Zaza Rusadze uses a highly imaginative cinematic language to portray the friendship of two men in a culture undergoing change." [1]
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  10. ^ Cottbuser Discovery Award for Zaza Rusadze, Lausitzer Rundschau, in German

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