Skip to main content

The Globe and Mail

The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear: Portraits of Georgian youth

2.5 out of 4 stars

The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear
Directed by
Tinatin Gurchiani

Following the lead of Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf's 1995 film audition documentary, Hello Cinema, Georgian director Tinatin Gurchiani uses the guise of a movie audition to tap into the hopes of her young countrymen and women in these free-form portraits of rural life. From the audition studio, the camera follows the subjects into their lives in melancholic, poetic vignettes. The interview subjects' characteristic self-deprecating humour provides some moments of warmth, but the prevailing stories of the Abkhazian war, family separations and personal disappointments leave the impression that Georgia's leading industry is the battle against depression.

April 27, 1 p.m., Lightbox; April 29, 8:45 p.m., ROM; May 2, 6 p.m., Scotiabank.

Report an error Licensing Options
About the Author
Film critic

Liam Lacey is a film critic for The Globe and Mail. More


The Globe invites you to share your views. Please stay on topic and be respectful to everyone. For more information on our commenting policies and how our community-based moderation works, please read our Community Guidelines and our Terms and Conditions.

We’ve made some technical updates to our commenting software. If you are experiencing any issues posting comments, simply log out and log back in.

Discussion loading… ✨

Combined Shape Created with Sketch.

Combined Shape Created with Sketch.

Thank you!

You are now subscribed to the newsletter at

You can unsubscribe from this newsletter or Globe promotions at any time by clicking the link at the bottom of the newsletter, or by emailing us at