Original Title | PANOPTICON

Director | George Sikharulidze

Georgia, France, Italy, Romania, 105 min


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 


Ombre Rosse Film Production

Tangaj Production

Data Chachua

Keti Sharvashidze

Malkhaz Abuladze

Maiko Gelovani

Salome Gelenidze

Writer | George Sikharulidze

Director | George Sikharulidze

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

Director of Photography | Oleg Mutu

Editor | Georgia Villa

Sound | Alexandru Dumitru

Production Designer | Ketevan Nadibaidze

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 Days | 2nd Prize

Odessa | Best Pitch

Vilnius Meeting Point

Sofia Meetings

Cinéfondation Résidence

Torino Film Lab

Torino Script Lab

Transilvania Pitch Stop

Running Time 105 min 

Aspect Ratio 2.39:1

Sound 5.1


Screening Format DCP 2K