Essential: Works XIII – Lado Kvataniya


For our thirteenth instalment, we got in touch with Lado Kvataniya.


Essential: Works is an interview format that Directors Library regularly hosts with film and video Directors. We ask directors to name three key and influential works under the film, campaign and music video categories. The series aims to broaden horizons of reference and acknowledge works from the back catalogue.


You can check out Lado’s latest short film below and other work on the link.


Christmas On The Moon (2019)

Directed by Lado Kvataniya →



Below are Lado’s picks and what he had to say:


Essential: Films – Lado Kvataniya

I love film, course I do, I wouldn’t be writing this if I didn’t. So picking three essentials is tough. In order to narrow down the huge shortlist I needed to figure out why I’m selecting them. In the end I went for the ones that just made me want to make films, albeit for differing reasons.


1. The Thing (1982)

Directed by John Carpenter →


My mother is a big fan of horror films, so I watched all the worst films of the 90s, when I didn’t even go to school. This film has opened for me a genre film, which in my opinion is the most difficult.



2. Andrei Rublev (1966)

Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky


I just had no words after this movie. I realised that I wanted to try directing.



3. 8½ (1963)

Directed by Federico Fellini →


I would say that this Fellini is my teacher. He teaches that you can and should create your own unique worlds, where only your rules will be. It is worth listening to him



4. Memories of Murder (2003)

Directed by Bong Joon-ho →


Asian cinema is unique – they interfere with paradoxical genres and it is very difficult to understand what you are watching(comedy or horror), but you cannot tear yourself away.



Essential: Music Videos – Lado Kvataniya


1. Hell Yeah – Rag’N’Bone Man // Vince Staples (2014)

Directed by Truman & Cooper →


I am a storyteller by nature and first of all I need a story and its solution. In this video, everything is good for me, but the form itself is simply very impressive.



2. The View From The Afternoon – Arctic Monkeys (2010)

Directed by W.I.Z. →


Every time I look at this clip, I understand that you don’t need a lot of money to make a great story, because the most important thing is concept.



3. Rabbit In Your Headlights – UNKLE // Thom Yorke (1998)

Directed by Jonathan Glazer


Jonathan Glazer is an inspiration to many. This little film that talks about all of humanity. Every time I review it and discover something new.



Essential: Commercials – Lado Kvataniya


1. Human Technology – BERETTA (2014)

Created by Ancarani Studio


I like it when advertising goes beyond the bounds of what it needs to just sell something in the forehead. This story is the birth!



2. SickKids VS: Undeniable (2016)

Directed by Mark Zibert →


This is a company that is solved according to all templates and standards, but it is the theme that makes it unique to me.



3. LEICA 100 (2014)

Directed by Jones+Tino →


You can watch it forever – revived canonical photos.



You can find Lado Kvataniya on Instagram and Vimeo.


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