Director, born 2.02.1934 in Tbilisi, Georgia. Graduated from the Tbilisi State Conservatoire, majoring in composition, piano and conducting (1952). In 1953, moved to Moscow and studied mathematic at the Moscow State University, then entered the VGIK department of film directing, Alexander Dovzhenko workshop (1955-1961). Already as a student, started working at the Gruziya-film, made his debut in directing with a short film Akvarel (1958). His diploma film April (1962) was not accepted by the VGIK, therefore he started working as a sailor, then held a post in
Rustavi metallurgical plant, made a documentary Tudzhi (1964), which was submitted to the VGIK as his diploma film. His first full-length film was Falling Leaves (1966, FIPRESCI award at the Cannes IFF, George Sadoul Award for the Best Debut), followed by Lived Once a Song-Thrush (1970, screened at Arsenāls IFF 2006). In 1976, made Pastoral (FIPRESCI award at the Berlin IFF 1982, screened at Arsenāls IFF 1988), yet it was prohibited in the USSR (illegally screened a few times in Riga Film House). OI emigrated to France, where he completed Favourites of the Moon (1984, Jury Award at the Venice IFF, screened at the opening of Film Days in Riga '86). The success was followed by his following films - And Then There Was Light (1989, Jury Award at the Venice IFF, screened at the Arsenāls IFF 1990), Chasing Butterflies (1992, six awards at different festivals, Screened at the Arsenāls IFF '92). Made a documentary film Seule Georgie (1994, screened at the Arsenāls IFF '94), a fiction Brigands-Chapter VII (1996), In Vino Veritas / Farewell, Home Sweet Home! (1999, screened at the Arsenāls IFF 2000 and 2004), Monday Morning (2002, Golden Bear at the Berlin IFF, FIPRESCI award at the Cannes IFF and Arsenāls IFF '02), Gardens in Autumn (2006).