CULTURE
Georgian director’s film claims First Feature Award at Locarno Festival
14 August, 2017
The Locarno International Film Festival has awarded a young Georgian filmmaker Ana Urushadze's debut film Scary Mother with the First Feature Award. The Prize is awarded by a jury of international critics to the first works presented in the section.

As the National Film Center reports, Scary Mother has just had its world premiere in competition in the Filmmakers of the Present section of the 70th Locarno Film
Festival and received positive feedback from the world press.
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"Locarno International Film Festival is held in Locarno, the city of Switzerland, since 1946 and is dubbed the Festival of Discoveries, because many successful filmmakers and actors have started their careers in Locarno. It belongs to the category of the most prestigious film festivals, where famous and successful cinematographers and stars from all over the world are gathered annually”, - The statement reads.
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Ana Urushadze's debut work was created with the financial support of the National Film Center. It is co-production of Georgia (studios "Artizm" and "Gemini") and Estonia (studio "Allfilms"). Nato Murvanidze plays the lead role in the film.
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After two short films, emerging Georgian filmmaker and graduate of the historic Shota Rustaveli Theatre and Film University (TAFU) Ana Urushadze has directed her debut feature film, Scary Mother, which focuses on the position and the role of women in today’s society in Georgia. A 50-year-old housewife, Manana, struggles with a dilemma: she has to choose between her family life and a passion for writing she has repressed for years. When she finally decides to follow her passion, she is ready to sacrifice everything for it, mentally and physically.

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