Brighton 4th

FIPRESCI Prize ~ Best Foreign Language Film
Palm Springs International Film Festival
Best International Narrative Feature
Tribeca Film Festival
Best Actor ~ International Narrative Competition
Tribeca Film Festival
A gentle, naturalistic story of parental devotion and sacrifice…balances rueful humor with genuine sweetness.


Brighton 4th

In this portrait of parental sacrifice and the love of a father for his son, former wrestler Kakhi (played by real-life Olympic champion Levan Tediashvili) embarks on a journey from his home in the Republic of Georgia to visit his son Soso (Giorgi Tabidze) in the Russian-speaking neighborhood of Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. There he finds him living in a shabby boarding house populated by a colorful group of fellow Georgian immigrants. Soso is not studying medicine, as Kakhi believed, but is working for a moving company and has accrued a $14,000 gambling debt to a local Russian mob boss. Kakhi sets his mind to helping his hapless son out of his debt, leading to situations as often comic as they are dire. Lensed by Oscar®-nominated cinematographer Phedon Papamichael (The Trial of the Chicago 7, Nebraska), Levan Koguashvili Brighton 4th won three major awards at the Tribeca Film Festival – Best International Film, Best Actor, and Best Screenplay – and is Georgia’s official submission to the 94th Academy Awards®.

“Touchingly absurd and absurdly touching… A slow-burn family drama infused with welcome doses of deadpan dark humor.” ~ Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter

“If you want a potential foreign language contender, Brighton 4th could be it.” ~ Joey Magidson, Awards Radar

“A near-perfect, semi-comic portrait of the low-rent Georgian enclave in Brighton Beach." ~ Michael Atkinson, The Village Voice

“A touching and surprising exploration of masculinity that features a stunning central performance from former Olympic wrestling champion Levan Tediashvili.” ~ Kaleem Aftab, Cineuropa

"Koguashvili deftly blends tones in his vividly realised snapshots of Georgian manhood." ~ Wendy Ide, Screen Daily

"A compelling portrait of the Eastern European community that exists in Brighton, [featuring] a great performance by Tediashvili, in his first film role." ~ Christian Gallichio, The Playlist

Not Rated
Comedy, Drama
Georgian, English, Russian
Levan Koguashvili
Boris Frumin
Levan Tedaishvili, Nadezhda Mikhalkova, Kakhi Kavsadze, Giorgi Tabidze
Nominee, FIPRESCI Prize ~ Best Foreign Language Film, Palm Springs International Film Festival
Winner, Best International Narrative Feature, Tribeca Film Festival
Winner, Best Actor ~ International Narrative Competition, Tribeca Film Festival
Winner, Best Screenplay ~ International Narrative Competition, Tribeca Film Festival
Matt Fagerholm,

Georgian filmmaker Levan Koguashvili’s Tribeca prize-winner, “Brighton 4th,” is a tragicomedy that sneaks up on you stealthily before flooring you with an emotional sucker punch in the final reel. At first, the film seems to be merely about sad sacks who compulsively gamble, losing the money they’ve ...

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