Outstanding Georgian director Tengiz Abuladze's life and career
31 January, 2018
Outstanding Georgian director Tengiz Abuladze's life and career
January 31 marks the birthday of renowned Georgian director Tengiz Abuladze. He would have turned 94 today. Abuladze is one of the most remarkable representatives of Georgian cinema. He is regarded as one of the best Soviet directors in history.
geotv.ge
Tengiz Abuladze

‘The Wishing Tree’, ‘Repentance’, ‘The Plea’, ‘Me, Grandma, Iliko and Ilarion’, ‘Other People's Children’, ‘Magdana's Donkey’, ‘A Necklace for My Beloved’ – these are the movies which created the brilliant biography of Tengiz Abuladze.
geotv.ge
A scene from the
comedy Me, Grandma, Iliko and Ilarion


Renowned Georgian director was born on January 31, 1924 in Kutaisi, administrative center of Georgia’s Imereti Region.

Abuladze studied theatre direction (1943–1946) at the Shota Rustaveli Theatre Institute, Tbilisi, Georgia, and filmmaking at the VGIK (All-Union State Institute of Cinematography) in Moscow. He graduated VGIK in 1952 and in 1953 he joined Georgia Film Studios as a director. He was awarded the title of People's Artist of the Soviet Union in 1980.
geotv.ge
Tengiz Abuladze at shooting stage. Photo courtesy National Library

His first film, Magdana's Donkey (1956), which he directed in collaboration with Rezo Chkheidze, another outstanding Georgian director, won the Best Short Fiction award at the 1956 Cannes Film Festival.
geotv.ge
A scene from the movie Magdana's Donkey. Photo courtesy National Library

He is most famous for his film trilogy: The Plea (1967), The Wishing Tree (1976) and Repentance (1984, released 1987).

The Plea (Vedreba in Georgian) was released in 1967. The film is based on the poems of famous Georgian poet Vazha-Pshavela, is regarded as an influential classic and is an appreciated work of 20th century world cinema.
geotv.ge
A scene from the movie The Plea

The Plea tells tragic story of harsh traditions preserved in Georgia’s highlands, human relations, hospitality and courage characteristic of the inhabitants of Georgia’s mountainous areas. Georgian hospitality is one of the main topics of the movie. The main character of The Plea respects and protects his guest, despite the fact that he is the representative of another religion, and even his enemy.
geotv.ge
The Plea (1967)

The wishing Tree is one of the most famous and successful works by Tengiz Abuladze. The movie depicts situation in pre-revolutionary Georgian village and tells a sad story of beautiful young woman Marita, who is forced to marry a man she does not love; her unsanctioned love for another leads her to ritual disgrace and sacrifice.
geotv.ge
A scene from the movie The Wishing Tree. Photo courtesy National Library

Lika Kavzharadze, one of the most beautiful and talented Georgian actresses played the role of Marita. Kavzharadze played so wonderfully that many people still call her by the name of the lead character in the movie. The example of Georgian national beauty Lika Kavzharadze passed away on October 11, 2017, but for Georgian society she still remains as young and beautiful Marita.
geotv.ge
Lika Kavzharadze as Marita in The Wishing Tree (1976)

Repentance (Monanieba in Georgian) was made in 1984, but its release was banned in the Soviet Union for its allegorical criticism of the Soviet regime. It won the Special Jury Prize at the 1987 Cannes Film Festival.
geotv.ge
A scene from the movie Repentance

Repentance is the movie against Soviet ideology. When the Mayor of a small town, Varlam Aravidze dies, the next day after the funeral his corpse turns up in the garden of his son's house. The corpse is reburied, yet it reappears again in the garden. A woman, Ketevan Barateli is arrested and accused of digging up the corpse.

geotv.ge
Repentance (1984)

She defends herself and states that Varlam does not deserve to be buried as he supported Stalinist method of rule and terror as well as was responsible for the disappearance of her own parents and friends. The movie reflects a tragic story of thousands of victims of the Soviet regime.

Tengiz Abuladze made 12 films during his career. Five of them were documentaries and seven were fiction. His final films were going to be about renowned Georgian poet Galaktion Tabidze and writer Ilia Chavchavadze, but the famous director died before he could finish them.
geotv.ge
Renowned Italian director Federico Fellini and Tengiz Abuladze. Photo courtesy National Library

Tengiz Abuladze remains one of the most honorable and remarkable representatives of Georgian cinema.

Author: Bedisa Dumbadze

Related stories:

Celebrated Georgian conductor Jansug Kakhidze‘s life and career

10 Georgian Films You Need To Watch

Top Georgian films addressing the main issues of past and present

Georgia has lost its beauty - Iconic Georgian actress Lika Kavzharadze passes away aged 57
Print
Other Stories
The story of the “Georgian Byron” - Nikoloz Baratashvili
Nikoloz Baratashvili was a Georgian poet at the beginning of the 19th century. He is sometimes referred as the “Georgian Byron”.
The Founder of the most successful Georgian Startup George Arison to Speak at Startup Grind Tbilisi
Startup Grind is a global community where people who have founded startups, want to found startups, fund them, want to work for them, or just learn about them gather.
The unique archive of the Brothers Zubalashvilis was recently transferred from France to the National Museum of Georgia with the support of TBC
The unique archive of Georgian industrialists and brothers Zubalashvilis was recently transferred to Georgia from France with the support of TBC.
Virtual Museum to open in Tbilisi
A Virtual Museum is to open in Tbilisi, (at Tabykashvili Street ) by the end of August.
Graves of Georgian Mamelukes in Cairo Egypt
In one of the slums of Cairo there is a cemetery where you will find the graves of Georgian Mamelukes.
Robert Plant performed at the Black Sea Arena
The 12th Black Sea Jazz Festival was opened with a performance from Robert Plant.
The Nominees’ registration within the Welcome To Georgia! National Tourism Awards 2018 is open
Welcome to Georgia! National Tourism Awards Project invites hotels, wineries, restaurants, tour operators, travel agencies and companies who are focused on the hospitality industry or tourism sector, to participate in the annual contest,
Ilia Chavchavadze and William Blake on truth and lies
“Tell your friend the truth and keep it from your foe”. This is the epigraph of Ilia Chavchavdze’s novel “Is a Man a Human?”!
Bus stops in Georgia assigned the status of Cultural Heritage Monument
Bus stops in the Municipalities of Khashuri and Mtskheta which were built in the 1970’s have recently been assigned the status of Cultural Heritage Monument.
Open Media Hub - Supporting Media Professionals across the EU neighbourhood area
On July 9, 2018 the OPEN Media Hub launched a call for expression of interest, a production support scheme, to enable TV and online video journalists in the Eastern Neighbourhood countries to create contents (audio-visual stories, news, features, online portfolio…) on important regional issues
Exhibition of The project "10 Georgian Wines You Must Try Before You Die" to bo held on Maidan
On Maidan, on July 13 and 14, from 15:00 onwards will be exhibited and sold for specially created collection / tourist / gift wines boxes.
PowerPoint Karaoke is coming to Tbilisi
For the second time this summer PowerPoint Karaoke is coming to Tbilisi to gather together startupers, urban professionals and students
The Bodleian Library publishes a book about Georgia
With the support of TBC Bank of Georgia, Nikoloz Aleksidze’s book with Bodleian Library Publishing, "Georgia: a cultural journey through the Wardrop Collection has recently been published".
Visit an exhibition of Italian masterpieces in Georgia
From May 25 Georgian National Museum hosts the masterpieces from the Royal Library of Turin. The Royal Library preserves unique collections of drawings.
Unforgettable voice from Georgia
Enjoy variations of a beautiful Georgian song by three different generations.
Georgia to win Europa-Nostra Prize 2018
EU Prize for Cultural Heritage awarded countries for their outstanding heritage achievements during the Excellence Fair at the Allianz Forum in Berlin on June 21.
Rehabilitation works of Atskuri fortress are about to finish soon
Atskuri fortress is one of the oldest fortresses in Georgia. Because of its geographic location, it was considered to be unapproachable and unconquerable one.
Georgian annual cultural festival Art  Area starts on June 23
Art Area is the first TV channel about culture. It was launched in 2012 by TBC Bank, one of the largest in Georgia.
International Music Festival Tbilisi Open Air starts today
Tbilisi Open Air is an annual international festival held in Georgia. It is focused on mainstream music of different genres and creates great atmosphere for any kind of listeners or age groups.
“Welcome to Georgia – the Musical” - Play introducing Georgia to foreigners
It is not a secret that lots of tourists visit Georgia to explore its traditions, nature, cultures, etc.
Georgia’s summer festival not to miss - Art Gene
Summer season is a special period in Georgia.
Mayor of Amsterdam who created printing font for Georgian letters
Niclolaes Witsen, renowned Dutch statesman, the Mayor of Amsterdam and cartographer, who lived in the 18th century,  is well known in Europe,
Georgian Ana Urushadze among 10 female directors at Sidney Film Festival
Award-winning Georgian director Ana Urushadze is among 10 female filmmakers whose works will be screened at Sydney Film Festival 2018.
Archil Gugberidze - Meet promising Georgian actor based in New York
Georgian cinema has a glorious cinematic history that counts more than 100 years.
Century-old Georgian independence petition discovered in University of Oxford
On May 26 Georgia marks 100 years of the establishment of Democratic Republic of Georgia and gaining back its independence
PHOTO OF THE DAY
GEL Exchange Rate
Convertor
20.08.2018
21.08.2018
USD
1
USD
2.5779
2.5779
EUR
1
EUR
2.9344
2.9344
GBP
1
GBP
3.2752
3.2752
RUB
100
RUB
3.8267
3.8267