Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires
Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires

The Republic of Abjasia is a new country located in the South Western side of the Caucasus mountain chain. Many states consider that this nation doesn’t really exist. When Eric Baudelaire sent his first letter to Maxim Gvinja, even he wasn’t sure what could happen. But the answer came along after several weeks, and kicked off a kind written dialogue between the filmmaker and Max, the country’s former Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs. According to his words, the correspondence between them was “remembering the past by talking from present day”. One of the outstanding pints of this great essay-film resides in the fact that Baudelaire works with minimum elements: letters and images from an unknown country. And many of the issues they discuss are abstract: borders, identities, and nationalities. Just like that country slips in the crack between two realities –existence and non-existence, the East and the West– spectators will find themselves in the same position: right in the middle of a dialogue between two lucid minds who try to confirm the existence of themselves and the place where they live. LL

Spanish title: Cartas a Max
Year: 2014
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Minutes: 103
Seconds: 0

D, F: Eric Baudelaire

E: Eric Baudelaire, Laure Vermeersch

S: Juliette Navis, Jean Holtzmann, Julien Bonvicini

CP: Poulet-Malassis



Maxim Gvinjia, Sergueï Agumaa, Sipa Labakhua, Bagrat Gvinjia, Ludmila Gvinjia


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Eric Baudelaire Estados Unidos

He was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1973 and studied at Brown University. His videos, photos, installations, and paintings have been exhibited in galleries such as Elizabeth Dee in New York and Juana de Aizpuru in Madrid, among others. He directed the shorts The Makes (2001) and [sic] (2009), and the feature-length film L’Anabase de May e...

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