Magic Mountain

Dirs. Mariam Chachia & Nik Voigt; 2023


The Blue Note Thu, Feb 29 4:30 PM
Q&A with directors Mariam Chachia & Nik Voigt
Big Ragtag Sat, Mar 2 12:30 PM
Q&A with directors Mariam Chachia & Nik Voigt
Big Ragtag Sun, Mar 3 6:00 PM
Q&A with directors Mariam Chachia & Nik Voigt
Film Info
Original Language:Georgian, Russian


The Abastumani palace, aged and crumbling, houses patients with the most severe cases of tuberculosis. Mariam Chachia, a Georgian filmmaker, discovers the sanatorium after her own diagnosis with tuberculosis. Despite a home-based recovery, the haunting allure of the sanatorium lingered, inspiring her to craft this patient, observational film. Over the course of five years, with co-director Nic Voigt, they explore the sanatorium, uncovering the resilience of its long-term residents, who attempt to defy illness and despair through medication, games, cigarettes, and camaraderie. Chachia immerses us in this secluded world, listening to the experiences of the sanatorium’s inhabitants, and sharing her personal journey through poetic voiceover. Daily life remains unaltered until news arrives of the palace's sale and impending demolition, ultimately unveiling the building’s ties to Georgian history. (EP)