I’ve had a great time exploring Athens, OH and taking in some of the 2014 Athens International Film and Video Festival. In Bloom, the 2013 film by Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Groß, was a highlight. The film takes place in Tbilisi in 1992 and explores two young women coming of age amid unsettled political change. This was a film that gave me the distinct sense of being in its setting as opposed to on a set. The gray buildings, pale blue tile interiors, narrow winding streets, and stonework all contributed to the underlying seriousness and realism that made this film so affecting.