Emerging Georgian director’s Scary Mother among films of 2018 to watch
02 February, 2018
Emerging Georgian director’s Scary Mother among films of 2018 to watch
Young Georgian filmmaker Ana Urushadze’s debut feature Scary Mother was named among the best films to watch in 2018 by The Calvert Journal, a London-based online guide to the contemporary culture of the New East.

Award-winning online magazine dedicated to exploring the culture and creativity of the New East recommends to its readers to watch Scary Mother, as it truly deserves its own place among the best movies to watch in 2018.
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A scene from the movie Scary Mother (2017)

“The current buzz around Georgia’s national cinema is set to continue in 2018, with director Ana Urushadze’s wildly imaginative and surrealistic debut feature Scary Mother among the delights to watch for” – The Calvert Journal reports.
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A scene from the movie Scary Mother

In the article by Carmen Gray, Films of 2018, the New East cinema you need to see this year included Ana Urushadze’s Scary Mother, alongside other films such as Malgorzata Szumovska (Mug); Estonian film director Lauri Lagle’s Portugal, Russian Alexey German Jr’s film Dovlatov, and Jan Svankmajer’s Insect, (Czech Republic).

The author of the article stresses many awards the film has received, from Locarno’s Golden Leopard in the category of the Best First Feature, to winning the Sarajevo Film Festival Award for Best Feature film, and Best Director award at Gijon, Spain.
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The film received many international awards

It is also highlighted that Georgian actress Nata Murvanidze, who plays the main character in the film, won an Asia Pacific Screen Award for best performance. Scary Mother earned the filmmaker Jury Grand Prize of the 11th edition of the event.
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Nata Murvanidze in Scary Mother

As a reminder, Scary Mother has recently gained another important success – it will open Critics’ Week at Berlinale Film Festival. Critics’ Week will be held in Berlin on February 14-22.The debate week will be opened with German premiere of Georgian director’s debut feature.
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Georgian Actor Avtandil Makharadze in Scary Mother

According to The Calvert Journal, Scary Mother “challenges traditional gender roles with much dark, playful humor, focusing on writer Manana (Nato Murvanidze), who has penned an erotic vampire novel and is determined to get it published — despite opposition from her husband, who regards her imaginings as a personal affront.”
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Dimitri Tatishvili and Anastasia Chanturaia in Scary Mother

As the article reports, emerging Georgian director is currently working on the new script and cannot wait to get back into directing: “Just being in the moment and giving 100 per cent attention to each scene is the only rule for me when filming. The best days of my life were when I was shooting” – Ana Urushadze told The Calvert Journal.

Read the full article here.

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