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Keep Smiling

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Keep Smiling

Directed by Rusudan Chkonia

  • France, Georgia, Luxemburg 2012; 91 min
  • Original version: Georgian
  • Genre: Drama
    • Special Mention - Tbilisi IFF
    • Special Jury Award - Antalya FF
    • CICAE Award - VIlnius IFF
    • ECUMENIC Jury Award - Yerevan IFF
    • Golden Antigone - Cinemed Mediterranean Film Festival of Montpellier
    • FICC Jury Award Don Quijote - Tallinn Black Nights FF

    Venice IFF, Venice Days
    Georgian Submission for the Academy Awards

  • From the director of VENICE presented at Asian Project Market


The film recounts the dramatic events that take place at a beauty contest involving ten mothers, five of whom belong to the poorest sections of society, and their many children. The mothers are desperately trying to win a beauty contest which main prize is an apartment and $25,000. Dreams are quick to vanish as realization dawns that the competition is a complete farce. The media and organizers of the show are exploiting the misfortunes of the participants: Georgian women, the Abkhazian war and patriotism are all themes constituting a ploy to create entertainment for the audience, ending up causing a massive fight among participants.
"While shooting a documentary, I met a beautiful, intelligent woman, and the mother of seven kids, who told me how she took part in a beauty contest for mothers. I was swayed by ambivalent feelings as I listened to her. It was a tragic painful story, yet at times so absurd that I could hardly refrain from laughing. I decided immediately that somehow I was going to make a film out of it. Keep Smiling is a heartfelt story, a vast reservoir of pain but told with satiric humour, a tale of six Georgian women taking part in a beauty contest of mothers. The media and organizers exploit the participants' human tragedies: the lives of Georgian women, the Abkhazian war, patriotism. The film is about how easy it is to become a puppet in somebody´s hands and how hard it is to retain self-respect. Is it right that the end justifies the means? And does winning at the price of lost dignity make one happy?"






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