EFA Selection


Ana Urushadze | Georgia, Estonia | 2018 | 107 min.
O.V. in Georgian subtitled in Spanish and English

Best Film at Sarajevo and Best First Film and Young Jury Prize at Locarno. For months, Manana has been neglecting her work as wife and mother in her home, because she is engrossed in writing a novel. A situation which the rest of the family tolerates, until finally she reads them the text, in which they are cruelly portrayed. Here “the joke ends”, but this scary mother decides to carry on against all odds, reconnecting with a strange sensuality and moving farther and farther into a surreal, horrifying world.

Direction: Ana Urushadze
Script: Ana Urushadze
Cinematography: Konstantin Esadze
Editing: Alexander Kuranov Music: Nika Pasuri
Cast: Nata Murvanidze, Dimitri Tatishvili, Ramaz Ioseliani, Avtandil Makharadze, Anastasia Chanturaia
Production: Lasha Khalvashi, Tinatin Kajrishvili, Ivo Felt
Production Company: Artizm, Allfilm

Ana Urushadze

She was born in Tbilisi, Georgia, in 1990, and graduated from the Shota Rustaveli University of Theatre and Cinema in 2013. She has directed several short films, such as Ideas (2010) and One Man Loved Me (2012). Her first feature film, Scary Mother (2017), has had an admirable career at festivals, winning awards such as Best First Film and the Young Audience Award at Locarno and, in Sarajevo, the Best Film Award and the Cineuropa Award, among many others.