Brighton 4th

Directed by Levan Koguashvili

Release Year: 2022
Running time: 95
Country: Georgia, Bulgaria, Monaco, U.S.
Language: Georgian, English, Russian
$11.97 - Classroom Rights
MSRP: $19.95
$349.00 - With PPR
$499.00 - With DSL
$499.00 - With DSL and PPR
MSRP: $599.00
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Directed by: Levan Koguashvili
Crew: Phedon Papamichael

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®.


“Delightful… rewarding. A gorgeously cinematic familial tragicomedy that constantly and movingly challenges expectations."

- Michael Rechtshaffen, Los Angeles Times

“A gentle, naturalistic story of parental devotion and sacrifice… balances rueful humor with genuine sweetness.”

- Alissa Simon, Variety

“Touchingly absurd and absurdly touching… A slow-burn family drama infused with welcome doses of deadpan dark humor.”

- Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter

“Has a cumulative impact that is unmistakable. Sneaks up on you stealthily before flooring you with an emotional sucker punch.”

- Matt Fagerholm,

“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

“Equally warm and melancholic with a rich vein of tragicomedy.”

- Rory O’Connor, The Film Stage

"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


Georgia’s Official Submission for International Feature Film at the 94th Academy Awards®

WINNER at Tribeca Film Festival 2021:  Best International Feature; Best Screenplay & Best Actor

Official Selection: Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

Official Selection: Sofia International Film Festival 

Official Selection: Vancouver International Film Festival

Official Selection: St. Louis Film Festival


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