“Tbilisi, I Love You” was produced by the father-son team of Davide and Nika Agiashvili, through their production company Storyman Pictures, and became part of the Cities of Love franchise, whose previous entries include “Paris, I Love You” and “New York, I Love You.”
The films of this franchise, including the newest addition of “Tbilisi, I Love You,” are collections of short stories about love in cities across the world. Each film uses the stories to show the humanity and beauty of the city it features, and the end goal is, in a way, to make the audience fall in love with the city as well.
“Tbilisi, I Love You” features 10 short films taking place in Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi. Agiashvili was also involved as one of the film directors, alongside Irakli Chkhikvadze, Levan Glonti, Alexander Kviria, Tako Shavgulidze, Kote Takaishvili and Levan Tutberidze. Agiashvili’s production attracted a mix of well-known American and Georgian actors, including Ron Perlman, Malcolm McDowell, Nutsa Kukhianidze, and Giorgi Kipshidze.
So far, critics have praised the film for its deep, moving stories, calling it “a real celebration of the city.” “Tbilisi, I Love You” shows life in the Georgian capital throughout different eras so Agiashvili and his fellow directors did not shy away from showing the dark side of the city’s history and present.
However, their overarching theme focused on the fact that they loved their city no matter what, through the bad times and the good, as it should be in any meaningful love story. The directors’ passion and attachment to their home city shines throughout the film and they draw the audience’s attention to the beauty they find within Tbilisi.
So go ahead and watch Agiashvili’s latest directorial effort, and let yourself discover and fall in love with the magic of Tbilisi.