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Original name: Gondola
English name: Gondola
Year: 2023
Run time: 85 Min
Language: No Dialogue
Type (Colour/ Black & white): Colour
Country: Germany, Georgia
Director: Veit Helmer, Matz Müller
Producers: Tsiako Abesadze, Veit Helmer
Cast: Mathilde Irrmann, Nini Soselia, Niara Chichinadze, Zviad Papuashvili
Screenplay: Viet Helmer
Cinematographer: Goga Devdariani
Editor: Iordanis Karaisaridis, Moritz Geiser, Nikoloz Gulua
Music Composer: Malcom Arison, Soley Stefansdottir
Production Company: Veit Helmer-Filmproduktion, Natura Film
World Sales: Veit Helmer-Filmproduktion, Natura Film


  • Tokyo IFF 2023
  • IFF Kerala 2023
  • Arras FF 2023

Director’s Selected Filmography:

  • 2018 The Bra
  • 2014 Fiddlesticks
  • 2011 Baikonur
  • 2008 Absurdistan
  • 2003 Gate to Heaven
  • 1999 Tuvalu

Director's Biography:

Veit Helmer

Veit Helmer shot his first film at the age of 14. He studied film directing at Munich Film school and became famous with his cutting edge short films Surprise, shown at Cannes and Tour Eiffel, presented at Venice. His first feature film Tuvalu (1999), was invited to 62 festivals, including San Sebastian and Berlinale. His cult movie Absurdistan premiered in Sundance competition. His documentary film Behind the Couch was aired by BBC and 20 broadcasters from all continents. He collaborated with famous artists, such as actor Udo Kier on Gate to Heaven (2003), composer Goran Bregovic for Baikonur (2010) and actress Paz Vega for The Bra. His films won 155 awards altogether.


A cable car connects a village in the mountains with a small Georgian town in the valley. Iva starts working at the cable car as an attendant. The cable car has two gondolas. When one gondola goes up, the other goes down. The gondolas meet each other half way. The attendant of the other gondola is Nino. Iva and Nino meet each other as they drive past every half hour, giving them a moment of elation and celebration each time.