Dito Tsintsadze

Dito Tsintsadze
Born Dmitri Tsintsadze
(1957-03-02) 2 March 1957
Tbilisi, Soviet Union (now Georgia)
Occupation Film director
Years active 1988-present

Dito Tsintsadze (Georgian: დიტო ცინცაძე; born 2 March 1957) is a Georgian film director and screenwriter. He has directed thirteen films since 1988. His film Lost Killers was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival.[1] In 2007 he was a member of the jury at the 29th Moscow International Film Festival.[2] Starting from the year 1996 he lives and works in Berlin.


From 1975 to 1981 he studied film directing at the Shota Rustaveli Theatre and Film University under Eldar Shengelaia and Otar Iosseliani.[3][4] Until 1989 he worked as an assistant director in the Kartuli Pilmi film studio.[5] In 1990 he made his first feature film Guests, then worked for the private film production company Shvidkatsa. In 1993 for the film Zgvardze, which paraphrases the civil war in Georgia he received the Silver Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival[6] and the Golden Eagle at the International Black Sea Nations Film Festival in Tbilisi.

Between 1993 and 1996 Tsintsadze worked for an Italian film production. In 1996 he got a Nipkow film fellowship to Berlin,[7][8] then lived with his family at the poverty level in Georgia and Germany.[9] These personal experiences influenced the plot of Lost Killers (2000), a film about five migrants who spend their lives in a red-light district of Mannheim. He received a special jury award – the Silver Alexander at the Thessaloniki Film Festival [10][11] and the main prize at the Cottbus Film Festival.[12][13] For the film Gun-shy, a story about a young amorous man who loses his grip on reality leading up to a murder, in 2003 he was awarded at the San Sebastián International Film Festival in Spain with the Golden Shell[14] and at the Tbilisi International Film Festival with the Golden Prometheus.[15]

Since then he lives entirely in Berlin. In 2005 Dito Tsinstadze authored together with the Georgian writer and director Zaza Rusadze the screenplay for the film The Man from the Embassy and directed it in Georgia. The Man from the Embassy portrays the connection of a German embassy official to a local. Lead actor Burghart Klaußner was awarded the best male actor with the Golden Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival.[16][17] Dito Tsintsadze and Zaza Rusadze won at the Mar del Plata International Film Festival the Silver Astor Award for Best Screenplay.[18][19][20]Argentine Film Critics Association reviewed The Man from the Embassy as the best film of the festival.[21] In 2007 he did the TV movie Reverse in Georgia. In 2008 his feature film Mediator was selected as the official Georgian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film nomination at the 2009 Academy Awards. [22]

In 2011 Dito Tsintsadze gave the CineMerit Award at the Munich International Film Festival to his former mentor Otar Iosseliani.[23][24]

His film Invasion was released by the Neue Visionen Filmverleih in German cinemas in 2012.[25] The same year Invasion won the Special Grand Prix of the jury of the Montreal World Film Festival.[26]

In 2015 the Tsintsadze film God of Happiness won the grand prize of Biberach Film Festival – the Golden Beaver.[27][28] He won the Best Director prize for God of Happiness at the VIFF Vienna Independent Film Festival and Ralf M. Mendle received the Best Cinematography award for his work on the film in the year 2016.[29]

In the year 2016 he was a jury member of the Sofia International Film Festival.[30][31]

Tsintsadze is married to actress Marika Giorgobiani they have one son, Nikoloz.[32] He speaks Georgian, English, German and Russian.



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  2. "29th Moscow International Film Festival (2007)". MIFF. Retrieved 18 September 2016.
  3. Zaza Rusadze. "Georgian Film in Emigration". KinoKultura. Retrieved 18 September 2016.
  4. Kathrin Metzner. "Dito Tsintsadze" (in German). movie-college.de. Retrieved 18 September 2016.
  5. "Биография Дито Цинцадзе" (in Russian). peoples.ru. Retrieved 18 September 2016.
  6. "1993 Silver Leopard". Locarno Film Festival. Retrieved 18 September 2016.
  7. "Nipkow Fellowships – Mr Tsintsadze, Dito" (PDF). Nipkow. Retrieved 18 September 2016.
  8. "Tzoumerkas, Csaszi among new Nipkow intake". Screen Daily. Retrieved 18 September 2016.
  9. "Я не политик, чтобы обходить острые углы»" (in Russian). The New Times. Retrieved 18 September 2016.
  10. Deborah Young. "Angelopoulos feted for 30 years of filmmaking". Variety. Retrieved 18 September 2016.
  11. "41st International Thessaloniki Film Festival (2000)". TIFF. Retrieved 18 September 2016.
  12. Karsten Kastelan. "Lost Killers wins main award at Cottbus". Screen Daily. Retrieved 18 September 2016.
  13. ""Lost Killers" fanden Heimat in Cottbus" (in German). Der Standard. Retrieved 18 September 2016.
  14. "Awards and Jury Members › DITO TSINTSADZE". San Sebastián International Film Festival. Retrieved 18 September 2016.
  15. "Tbilisi International Film Festival – Archive → Winners". Tbilisi International Film Festival. Retrieved 18 September 2016.
  16. "Migrant film wins Locarno prize". BBC News. Retrieved 18 September 2016.
  17. "Hohe Ehren für den deutschen Film" (in German). Spiegel Online. Retrieved 18 September 2016.
  18. Charles Newbery. "'Ficcio' wins Golden Astor". Variety. Retrieved 18 September 2016.
  19. "22º Festival 8 al 18 de marzo de 2007". Mar del Plata International Film Festival (in Spanish). Retrieved 17 September 2016.
  20. "Great success for German films in Mar del Plata". german-films.de. Retrieved 18 September 2016.
  21. "ZDF/ARTE-Koproduktion beim Filmfestival Mar del Plata ausgezeichnet / "Der Mann von der Botschaft" "Bester Film des Festivals"" (in German). Bankkaufmann.com. Retrieved 18 September 2016.
  22. "67 Countries Vying for 2008 Foreign Language Film Oscar®". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 17 September 2016.
  23. "John Malkovich, Otar Iosseliani to Receive Lifetime Achievement Awards at Munich Film Festival". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 18 September 2016.
  24. "Lifetime achievement honor for John Malkovich at Munich". Reuters. Retrieved 18 September 2016.
  25. "Neue Visionen Filmverleih – Invasion – Psycho-Drama Deutschland / Österreich 2012". Neue Visionen Filmverleih (in German). Retrieved 18 September 2016.
  26. "Thriller-Komödie "Invasion"" (in German). oe1.ORF.at. Retrieved 18 September 2016.
  27. "Georgian film 'God of Happiness' wins top award at German festival". Agenda.ge. Retrieved 18 September 2016.
  28. "Goldener Biber für Tragikomödie" (in German). SWR Fernsehen. Retrieved 18 September 2016.
  29. "VIFF 2016 Winners". Vienna Independent Film Festival. Retrieved 17 September 2016.
  30. "Sofia International Film Festival Jury 2016". Sofia International Film Festival. Retrieved 17 September 2016.
  31. "Дито Цинцадзе оглавява журито на 20-ия "София филм фест"" (in Bulgarian). Дума. Retrieved 19 September 2016.
  32. "Pitching 24 Kinotavr" (PDF). Kinotavr (in Russian). Retrieved 19 September 2016.

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