Inside the Distance

A poetic portrait of Giorgi Shakhsuvarian, an Armenian boxing coach from Tbilisi. Living and working in Belgium, he prepares a young boxer to become a Europeanchampion. Made out of a profound love for the man portrayed, the film weavestogether the feeling of distance, a floating experience of time and space, and thechoreography of boxing.


Elias Grootaers (Belgium, 1981) is a documentary filmmaker and a lecturer indocumentary film. His filmography includes Cinema Central (2005), Lignes. En quêted’une mémoire (2006), Not Waving, But Drowning (2009) and the video installation Theseason has changed but we are still standing in the same place (2009). He coeditedMuito além (Mario Gomes, 2010) and Kosmos (Ruben Desiere, 2015). He teaches atKASK / School of Arts Ghent, LUCA School of Arts and P.A.R.T.S. (Performing ArtsResearch and Training Studios). In 2013 he cofounded the production and distributionplatform Zéro de conduite and the cinephile website Sabzian (