30.09. - 09.10.2021

Botso USA 2014 | 82 min | OV | Colour | FF 2015

Tom Walters

Tom Walters (*1956) works as a director and producer and has made more than 50 documentary and educational films that have been distributed internationally. Botso won the award for best documentary at the Arlington film festival.

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The astonishing life of Wachtang “Botso” Korisheli. The 92-year old musician, sculptor and treasured teacher of several generations of musicians left the then Soviet Republic of Georgia after the execution of his father, was locked up by the Nazis and fled – penniless, but full of hope – to the USA. There, he studied music and founded a music school in California. His special way of teaching influenced and inspired some of the music world's greatest figures, like six-times Grammy winner and new director of the Hamburg Opera Kent Nagano. Botso tells the story of this extraordinary man, for whom art was everything.
Original title: Botso
Film type: Documentary Feature
Original language: English
Section: Kaleidoscope
Language and subtitles: OV
Director: Tom Walters
Screenplay: Hilary Roberts Grant
Cast: Wachtang "Botso" Korisheli, Kent Nagano
Producer: Tom Walters, David Thayer
Director of Photography: Simo Nylander
Music: Martin Davich
Production Design:
Editor: Tom Walters and Randi Barros
Sound: 0
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Format: dcp
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Production: Aspect Studios and Cinema House Films
Contact: Tom Walters, Cinema House Films, Inc.:


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