Farewell, Home Sweet Home

From Sun 28 Apr to Fri 03 May

The 1999 absurdist comedy Farewell, Home Sweet Home, was screened out of competition in the 1999 Cannes Film Festival, picking up a Fipresci prize at the European Film Awards in the same year.

Nicholas lives with his wealthy suburban Parisian family, all leading double lives in secret. His businesswoman mother is having an affair with her business partner and makes deals from a helicopter, whilst his happy-go-lucky, alcoholic father (played by Iosseliani) spends his time in his room with his dog and electric train set. Nicholas works as a window cleaner and a dish washer in a Parisian café and befriends some unsuitable characters. One night, Nicholas sneaks a few of his new friends into the family wine cellar and his father unexpectedly strikes up a friendship with one of them.

Although the Soviet Union dissolved in 1991, Georgia was thrown into a deeply destructive civil war and Iosseliani continued to live and work in France. He shot part of his 1996 film Brigands Chapter VII in Georgia, but it wasn’t until 2010 that Iosseliani returned to his native Georgia to make Chantrapas.




The screening on 28 April at 14.00 will be introduced by actor Maryam d’Abo

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About Maryam d’Abo

 Maryam is best known for her role as Kara Milovy in the Bond film The Living Daylights (1987), and has acted extensively for film, theatre, and TV. She produced the documentary Bond Girls in 2002 and the sequel in 2006. She wrote and co-produced the documentary film Bearing Witness (2004), about five female war reporters. In 2011 she made Rupture: A Matter of Life and Death with her husband Hugh Hudson for the BBC, a documentary based on her personal experience of a brain aneurysm.

Her grandfather Giorgi Kvinitadze, a famous Georgian general, had migrated to France in 1921 and Maryam went with her mother to live in Paris with her Georgian family in the 1960s. Her mother was a great friend of Iosseliani, and Maryam first met him as a teenager.