Natia, Aka, and Mojito are childhood friends. Aka and Mojito are in love with Natia. She seems to take a liking to Aka.
During the civil war in Tbilisi, Aka and Mojito end up in opposite camps: Aka in the opposition and Mojito on the side of the president.
A stray bullet fired by Mojito’s troops flies into Aka’s bedroom and kills Natia. Previously, Mojito calls Aka and warns him about the dim light in his room making him a sitting duck for a sniper. That night, a sniper’s bullet claims Natia’s life.
As Mojito, his associates, and even the president attend the funeral visitation, the confrontation between the two friends seems to come to an end. Aka and Mojito reconcile for the time being….
After the war, Mojito emigrates to Europe: Germany, Austria, Spain… countries where Georgians usually fled in the 1990s (depends on our coproducer).
Aka goes on to become a celebrated author and journalist. After 20 years of separation, Aka happens to be passing by the city where Mojito currently lives, and they: Aka, Mojito, and Mojito’s young girlfriend, Niki, end up spending 24 hours together. Niki is Georgian but, in concert with Mojito, she pulls a prank—pretends to be European and speaks to Aka exclusively in English. Given his poor English, Aka is having a hard time keeping up with her. All three are having fun playing along….
Niki is a freethinking young girl, and her every move seems to transcend the bounds of traditional hospitality, yet all three are happy and excited about this arrangement. Within 24 hours, they manage to visit two restaurants, including Terzo Mondo where mostly immigrants, so-called Terzo mondos, go to unwind and have fun.
This restaurant is owned by a Greek man; it is a special place in that it offers a magnificent spectacle—according to Greek tradition, dishes are smashed at the end of each workday.
Niki is a dancer, and her mesmerizing performance captivates and inspires Aka to disregard the extra pounds he has put on over the years and to join Niki in her dizzying dance…. The three go wild and turn into party animals, having fun for the amusement of the other guests. Niki’s dance reminds Aka of Natia. Flashback scenes take the narrative back to the main characters’ childhood and Natia’s dance.
They reminisce about childhood repeatedly throughout these 24 hours. Flashback scenes depict a most beautiful canyon in Georgia where they spent their childhood and attended their first school lessons, Aka and Mojito had their first sexual experience with a prostitute which made Natia jealous, the first clash took place between Aka and Mojito over Natia, the vineyard where all three kids are lying on the ground enjoying grapes, and so on….
It is only shortly before parting that Aka accidentally overhears Niki speaking Georgian. Mojito and Niki admit that she is Georgian, and the whole thing has been nothing but a practical joke. But Aka takes it seriously, as outright deception. He has had his doubts about Mojito’s sincerity, and now he grows stronger in his suspicions that Mojito knows who fired the fateful shot that killed Natia.
The friends become enemies once again!
As it turns out, Mojito has been working on a novel for the past 20 years in an attempt to describe his trials and tribulations. And the book is dedicated mostly to Natia, of course. Mojito hands the manuscript to Aka, a sort of confession of a Georgian-turn-emigrant whose present condition is a result of deep-rooted national predisposition to carelessness.
Aka learns a lot from the manuscript.
Previously, a copy of the novel, also a manuscript, ends up with a certain German author (or Austrian, or…) whose wife, a translator by trade, translates it into German, though she has been holding both the copy and the translation back from everyone.
The German author Skypes his Basque (or Spanish) friend, an ex-girlfriend, and tells her about the book. He asks her to explain how anyone can just forget a book like that. Basques are so much like Georgians; he asserts and begs her to explain their phenomenon to him. Even though his wife is Georgian—and currently in Georgia, by the way—he still seems unable to fathom the Georgian phenomenon. This Skype conversation, a leitmotif of sorts, says a lot about Georgians throughout the movie.
An adventure drama with elements of comedy, beautiful Georgian landscapes, and celebrated Georgian actors.
For the roles of the Skyping Spaniard and German author, we want to cast a famous elderly German actor and Spanish actress Rossy de Palma.