Original Title | PANOPTICON

Director | George Sikharulidze

Georgia, France, Italy, Romania, 105 min (estimated)


When his father, David (55) follows a spiritual calling and leaves for a monastery to become a monk, Sandro (19), an introverted teenager, falls into a spiral of adolescent uncertainties. With a mother working abroad illegally and a grandma too old to substitute a parent, he is practically left alone. He has no choice but to support his father, as devoting one’s life to God is one of the most noble acts in the deeply religious, post-Soviet Georgia. To fulfill a new obligation as a son of a future monk, he must turn to religion himself, and without realizing it, becomes oppressed by the invisible spiritual surveillance of his father and God that shapes his behavior.

20 Steps Productions (GA)


Ombre Rosse Film Production (IT)

Tangaj Production (RO)

Data Chachua

Keti Sharvashidze

Malkhaz Abuladze

Maiko Gelovani

Salome Gelenidze

Writer | George Sikharulidze

Director | George Sikharulidze

Producer | Vladimir Katcharava, Luca Cabriolu, Anamaria Antoci, Olivier Chantriaux

Director of Photography | Oleg Mutu

Editor | Georgia Villa

Sound | Alexandru Dumitru

Production Designer | tbd

Costume Designer | Ketevan Kalandadze

Georgian National Film Center

Aide aux cinémas du monde


MIC Co-production Fund

RAI Cinema

Romanian Film Centre

Romanian National Television

Chainsaw Europe


Arras| 2nd Prize

Odessa | Best Pitch

Vilnius meeting point

Sofia meetings

Cinefondation Residence

Torino film lab

Torino script lab 

Transilvania Pitch Stop

Running Time 105 min (estimated)

Aspect Ratio n/a

Sound 5.1


Screening Format DCP 2K