Georgian female filmmakers’ triumph at Beijing International Film Festival
25 April, 2018
Georgian female filmmakers’ triumph at Beijing International Film Festival
Georgian cinematographers claimed another great victory, this time at Beijing International Film Festival. At the awarding ceremony observed by 250 million spectators, 4 main prizes out of 10 were handed over to Georgian films.

Georgian-Estonian production Scary Mother,about a mother who is caught in a dilemma between her family and her writing, was awarded the coveted Tiantan Award for Best Feature Film.
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Scary Mother awarded Best Feature Film and Best Actress of Tiantan Awards

Georgian director Ana Urushadze’s critically acclaimed
debut Scary Mother was named the Best Picture, with its star Nata Murvanidze earning the best actress prize for her widely praised performance as the film's fearsome lead.

However, the actress herself could not attend the award ceremony. Subsequnetly, the prize was handed over to the director Ana Urushadze by famous French actress Isabelle Huppert instead of her. Isabelle Huppert specially flew in from France to present the Tiantan Award for Best Actress.
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Georgian director Ana Urushadze

Scary Mother tells 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. The film was Georgia's official submission in the foreign-language Oscar race and previously won the Sarajevo Film Festival's top prize and best first-feature honor at Locarno.
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Ana Urushadze celebrates victory at Beijing International Film Festival

Fellow Georgian filmmaker Mariam Khatchvani, meanwhile won Best Director for her melodrama Dede. The feature film also claimed a prize of The Best
Cinematographer for Mindia Esadze.
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The feature film also claimed a prize of The Best Cinematographer for Mindia Esadze

The film follows a story of young woman living in Georgia’s historic Svaneti Region, where the harsh traditions collide with love. The main character of the movie is Dina, a young woman living in Svaneti. Dina’s grandfather has promised her to David, who is returning from the war. But he is accompanied by a comrade-in-arms, Gegi, and Dina falls in love with him. Here is where the dramatic events start.
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Mariam Khatchvani, director of Dede

The film is unique as it reflects customs and culture of Georgia’s historic region and its people.

The 8th Beijing International Film Festival (BJIFF) wrapped up on Sunday at the scenic Yanqi Lake.
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Mariam Khatchvani with Georgian actor Giorgi Babluani, who plays the main role in Dede

Filmmakers and actors gathered from around the world to cheer on their fellow artists. 15 films from 19 countries and regions competed for the Tiantan Awards this year.

The Beijing film festival's honors, known locally as the Tiantan awards, were decided by an international jury chaired by Hong Kong auteur Wong Kar-wai. Other jury members included Chinese actor Yihong Duan and Swedish director Ruben Ostlund, winner of the 2017 Palme d'Or in Cannes.
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Jury of the festival

It is worth mentioning that in a brief speech at the awards ceremony, Wong Kar-wai highlighted the strength of female storytelling in the festival's official selection this year, noting that five of the 15 competition titles were directed by women, with two of them directorial debuts. "I hope more female film creators use movies to explore women's stories," he said.

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