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.
geotv.ge
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.
geotv.ge
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.
geotv.ge
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.
geotv.ge
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.
geotv.ge
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.
geotv.ge
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.
geotv.ge
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.

Related stories:

Emerging Georgian director’s Scary Mother among films of 2018 to watch

Georgian cinematographers earn 4 awards at the Asian Oscars

The Calvert Journal: Meet the women at the forefront of new Georgian cinema

Georgian director’s film claims First Feature Award at Locarno Festival
Print
Other Stories
Georgian film festival led by women directors takes place in London
Georgian female directors are gaining more and more recognition internationally.
Georgian female filmmakers’ triumph at Beijing International Film Festival
Georgian cinematographers claimed another great victory, this time at Beijing International Film Festival.
Renaissance of Tbilisi Academy of Arts - The first art academy of Caucasus being revived
The Tbilisi Academy of Arts is one of those hidden jewels of the capital of Georgia that the country can be proud of.
Two productions by Georgian film studio 20 Steps to compete at Cannes and SHORT OF THE YEAR
Georgian cinema continues to reach new heights and earns international success year by year.
 Alternative Tbilisi through Georgian photographer Bibliotekari's camera
Time will pass and after decades we might recall today’s Tbilisi like we evoke Soviet Tbilisi in our memory when looking at old photos of the 70s.
United Nations headquarters to host presentation of Georgian author Shota Rustaveli stamp
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the declaration of the Democratic Republic of Georgia, and there are many interesting events planned
The Guardian gives an insight intoTbilisi's creative boom
Tbilisi, Georgia’s beautiful capital is often spotlighted by the leading international media due to its cultural revolution and quick development.
Georgian actor Merab Ninidze appears in the 7 th season of Homeland
Celebrated and internationally famous Georgian actor Merab Ninidze stars in the seventh season of the popular American TV series
Iconic Georgian actress Leila Abashidze passes away at the age of 88
Legendary Georgian artists Leila Abashidze passed away aged 88 on April 8. The actress was placed in the hospital with brain ischemic insult diagnosis few months earlier.
Georgian authors named among the world’s greatest poets on ranker.com
Who is the greatest poet of all time? Famous American website ranker. com is conducting the survey to reveal it.
American rock group Imagine Dragons to perform in Georgia in September
Imagine Dragons, popular American rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada, will hold concert in Georgia.
Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant to perform in Georgia on July 19, this summer
Yes, this is true! Robert Plant, lead singer of Legendary British rock group Led Zeppelin will visit Georgia this summer.
Historic artwork of Zdanevich Brothers destroyed in Tbilisi
The unique painting of Zdanevich Brothers in an old cellar located in one of the shopping spaces
Elton John confirms he is preparing to hold concerts in Georgia
British pop and rock star, singer and composer Sir Elton John is preparing to hold two concerts in Georgia.
The Calvert Journal: Meet the women at the forefront of new Georgian cinema
Nowadays, Georgian cinema is reaching new heights and gaining international success
Georgian author’s novel to be pitched at Cannes Film Festival book section
Award-winning author Aka Morchiladze is the first Georgian writer whose work will be pitched
Georgian director's My Happy Family among the best films screened on Netflix in 2017
IndieWire, a popular film industry and review website, named Georgia’s latest and one of the most successful films
Georgian Film Horizon’s World Premiere at the 2018 Berlinale
Georgian film and directors are reaching new heights, proven by the number of Georgian movies being featured and screened
Renowned German painter’s artworks depicting 19th century Georgia on display at Art Palace
Art enthusiasts can enjoy classical works depicting 19th century Georgian landscapes,
First official video-clip by Georgian winner of Voice of Germany released
Georgian singer Natia Todua, the winner of 2017 Voice of Germany,
Georgian contemporary artist’s works showcased on Google Arts and Culture platform
Tamara Kvesitadze is the first contemporary Georgian artist whose virtual exhibition is now featured
Emerging Georgian actor awarded European Shooting Stars prize at Berlinale
On February 19, 10 best emerging actors from Europe were awarded at the 68th annual Berlin International Film Festival.
How traditional Georgian costume Chocka was born and developed
Chokha is national Georgian clothing
Project 12 - Petre Otskheli’s Art Brought to Life by Contemporary Georgian Artists
In relation to the 110th anniversary of Georgia’s 20th century prodigious artist Petre Otskheli, TBC Bank came up with a project named 12.
Georgian stand opened at European Film Market, Berlinale 2018
The 68th annual Berlin International Film Festival has just been launched.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
GEL Exchange Rate
Convertor
27.05.2018
28.05.2018
USD
1
USD
2.4805
2.4805
EUR
1
EUR
2.9044
2.9044
GBP
1
GBP
3.3087
3.3087
RUB
100
RUB
4.0050
4.0050