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Road To God Goes Through Repentance

2010-08-16 11:30

6669.jpegAnyone of us who saw Tengiz Abuladze's genial "Repentance" movie must remember the actor the Master selected for Sandro Barateli's part. Still, only few know in what way this part changed the life of this talented artist. David Giorgobiani, a famous Georgian actor, scriptwriter and film director making Orthodox documentaries, was a guest of GeorgiaTimes.

- Batono David, please tell us about your birthplace, the air that you took in when a child, about values and life views your parents taught you.


- I was born in Tbilisi. From the age of five, as far as I remember, we lived next to the Russian church of Saint and Blessed Prince Mikhail of Tver. Gradually it became a Georgian church. I always recall these years as peaceful with old ladies giving altar bread when I hardly knew what it was. Altar bread is saint bread that gradually purifies us. Unfortunately, our family was the victim of an accident. I lost my mother and my dad had a severe backbone injury. My brother and sister became orphans. My dad was a communist, in a good position. With time he turned to God, submitted his party membership card, took communion regularly and despite having lost four spinal bones, he went to church up the hill on his own. Gradually he took us to the truth too.

- Was it your personal desire to become an actor?

Sure, though at that time it looked more like an incident. My neighbor started frequenting the pioneers' hall, and I followed her to a group where they taught reading, reciting poems. As a result, I was admitted, not her. I started playing in plays in the pioneers' hall of Tbilisi, went to school and learned acting techniques for several years. Then I entered the theatre institute.

- What was your first serious part?

- In my first year it was a part in Romeo in Juliet that was staged in Rustaveli Drama Theater. I played some guitar, sang along in the play. One day I was given the part of Paris. I was immediately given the clothes, the text and thrown out onto the stage - imagine, in my first year (laughing). Then there was Konstantine Gamsakhurdia's "Kidnapping of the Moon" diploma play, then Tennessee Williams' "Orpheus Descending". After that our course was taken to Rustaveli Drama Theater (a town near Tbilisi). I worked in the theater for 8 years. Once I noticed that when the Culture Ministry came to dress rehearsals before the first night, they cut out the most interesting scenes that were highly spiritual with their content and text.

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