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SASHISHI DEDA / Scary Mother

SASHISHI DEDA / Scary Mother

The tension between realising her creative ambitions and the expectations placed on a mother in a traditionally patriarchal society threaten to tear apart 50-year-old Manana (Nata Murvanidze). This bold first feature from Ana Urushadze layers mythology and symbolism over the stark brutalism of a post-communist society. And while it suffers slightly from having a central character who is increasingly unmoored from the world around her – Manana seems both away with the fairies and feverishly internalised – the film makes strong points about gender roles and the sacrifices required in the service of the compulsion to create. (Wendy Ide, The Hollywood Reporter)

Ana Urushadze
Ana Urushadze, born in Tbilisi, Georgia in 1990, graduated from the Shota Rustaveli Theatre and Georgia State Film University (TAFU) in 2013 and directed several short films. “Scary Mother” is her feature film debut and the winner of the Golden Leopard award in the Best First Feature category at Locarno Festival. It also received an independent jury prize.

Film Selection: Sashishi deda (Scary Mother, 2017) — Ert Katss Vukvardi (One Man Loved Me, 2012, short) — Ideebi (2010, short)

Competition Fiction 2018

Ana Urushadze

Georgia / Estonia 2017
DCP / color
107 minutes

Mindia Esadze
Alexander Kuranov
Paata Godziashvili, Ivane Gvaradze
Nika Pasuri
Nata Murvanidze, Ramaz Ioseliani, Dimitri Tatishvili, Avtandil Makharadze
Lasha Khalvashi, Tinatin Kajrishvili, Ivo Felt



Artizm, Gemini
World Sales


Weltpremiere / World Premiere
Locarno Festival 2017

Premierenstatus / Premiere Status
Austrian Premiere