Georgian director’s film Scary Mother wins Golden Gate Prize at San Francisco Festival
17 April, 2018
Georgian director’s film Scary Mother wins Golden Gate Prize at San Francisco Festival
Emerging Georgian director Ana Urushadze’s film Scary Mother has claimed yet another prize, this time at prestigious San Francisco International Film Festival.

On April 15, 208, the 2018 San Francisco International Film Festival announced the winners of the Golden Gate Award (GGA) competitions and awarded nearly $40,000 in prizes to emerging and established filmmakers.

The jury awarded the Golden Gate prize and $10,000 cash prize to Ana Urushadze for Scary Mother “for its confident tone and unquestioning commitment to its
fearless protagonist, a complicated artist caught between motherhood and the wilds of her own imagination.”

Young Georgian director Ana Urushadze claimed the New Directors award, which is given to a debut feature by an international filmmaker whose work exhibits unique artistic sensibility or vision.
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A picture from Scary Mother

The SFFILM Golden Gate Awards have honored deserving filmmakers and their projects for over 60 years, bringing recognition for unique and innovative filmmaking to the Bay Area’s local and international audiences.
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Still from Scary Mother

It is worth mentioning that another Georgian director, Rati Oneli’s film City of the Sun was also spotlighted by the jury members of San Francisco International Film Festival. The film got Special Jury Mention in category McBaine Documentary Feature Award.

Rati Oneli’s film unfolds the story of people living in Chiatura, the city in Georgia’s Imereti Region which was once a thriving manganese mining town. Now it's a dismal place, the bleakness of its empty streets and crumbling factory buildings. The name of the film, City of the Sun sounds quite ironic as the film depicts colorless lives of the locals living there.
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A picture from City of the Sun

The jury granted this mention to Oneli’s film “for its stunning use of cinematography and sound design that immerses us in a place that is at once stark and stirring.”
McBaine Documentary Feature Award Winner became the film The Distant Barking of Dogs, directed and written by Simon Lereng Wilmont (Denmark/Sweden/Finland), which receives $10,000 cash prize.

The jury described the Feature Award winner as “Remarkable, exquisite and unforgettable.”

San Francisco International Film Festival (abbreviated as SFIFF) is among the longest running film festivals in America. Organized by the San Francisco Film Society, the International is held each spring for two weeks, presenting around 200 films from over 50 countries annually.
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Renowned Georgian actress Nato Murvanidze plays the lead role in Scary Mother

The Festival highlights current trends in international film and video production with an emphasis on work that has not yet secured U.S. distribution. Since its inception, the International has grown to serve over 70,000 patrons, with screenings held in San Francisco and Berkeley.

Scary Mother is a debut work of emerging Georgian director Ana Urushadze. Scary Mother was premiered at the 2017 Locarno International Film Festival and was awarded with the First Feature Award.
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A picture from the film

At the 23rd Sarajevo Film Festival, the film won the top prize, the Heart of Sarajevo.

It is also worth mentioning that The Calvert Journal, a London-based online guide to the contemporary culture of the New East, has named Scary Mother among the best films to watch in 2018.

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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Still from Scary Mother

On February 14-22, 2018, Scary Mother claimed another international success and public awareness as it opened Critics’ Week at Berlinale (Berlin International Film Festival).

The plot of Scary Mother unveils the story of Manana, a middle-aged woman, who hopes to find herself by secretly penning a darkly erotic thriller. She hides the writing from her husband Anri, but tensions heighten after she lets him read an excerpt.
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Scary Mother is a debut work of emerging Georgian director Ana Urushadze

Ana Urushadze's debut work was funded by the National Film Center. It is co-production of Georgia (studios "Artizm" and "Gemini") and Estonia (studio "Allfilms"). Renowned Georgian actress Nato Murvanidze plays the lead role in the film.

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