Scary Mother


Manana, a wild-haired 50-something mother of three, has just written a book. The problem is that the novel is clearly autobiographical and leaves no family member unscathed. As the ramifications of her artistic endeavor unravel in compellingly bizarre fashion, Manana's single-minded pursuit of her new calling leads the film into brave and uncharted territory. Winner of Best First Feature Prize, Sarajevo.

"Unusually assured for a debut feature, with a strong visual aesthetic and a healthy streak of absurdist humor, Scary Mother is further proof that Georgia’s emergent new wave of young filmmakers still has plenty of juice in the tank." – Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter

Filmmaker Bio(s)

Director Ana Urushadze

The daughter of acclaimed director Zaza Urushadze (Tangerines, Festival 2014), Ana Urushadze attended Georgia’s Shota Rustaveli Theatre and Film University. Scary Mother, Ana Urushadze’s feature debut, was Georgia’s 2018 Best Foreign Language Oscar entry. The film’s many festival prizes include Best First Feature and Youth Jury Award at Locarno, Best Director at Gijón, Cineuropa Award and Heart of Sarajevo at Sarajevo, and the Grand Jury Prize at Asia Pacific Screen Awards. “When I started out I was going to write (Scary Mother) with a male protagonist, it would have been a husband leaving his family to write a book. Then it become more interesting and intense and significant for me to have it be about a woman, and at that point it also became more serious and more about female empowerment.” (Cineuropa)

Film Details
  • Country(ies): Georgia/Estonia
  • Language(s): Georgian
  • Year: 2017
  • Running time: 107
  • Director(s): Ana Urushadze
  • Producer(s): Lasha Khalvashi, Tinatin Kajrishvili, Ivo Felt
  • Writer(s): Ana Urushadze
  • Cinematographer(s): Mindia Esadze
  • Editor(s): Alexander Kuranov
  • Music: Nika Pasuri
  • With: Nata Murvanidze, Ramaz Ioseliani, Dimitri Tatishvili

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