A 50-year-old housewife, Manana, struggles with her dilemma - she has to choose between her family life and her passion, writing, which she had repressed for years – she decides to follow her passion and plunges herself into writing, sacrificing to it mentally and physically.
- Best Feature, Cineuropa Award - Sarajevo FF
- Best First Feature, Youth Jury Award - Locarno Festival
- Georgian submission for the Academy Awards
- Golden Star for Best Film - El Gouna FF
- Special Mention - Mumbai IFF
- Young Jury Award - Antalya IFF
- Best Performance by an Actress (Nata Murvanidze) - Asia Pacific Screen Awards
- Best Director Award, Young Jury Award for Best Film in the Official Selection, Best Photography Award - Gijón IFF
- GGA New Directors Award - San Francisco IFF
- Special Jury Mention - Seattle IFF
- FIPRESCI Award - Festival del Cinema Europeo
- Seattle International Film Festival 2018
- El Gouna Film Festival 2017
- New Horizons International Film Festival 2018
- Locarno Film Festival 2017
- Singapore International Film Festival 2017
- Les Arcs Film Festival 2017
- Istanbul Film Festival 2018
- San Francisco International Film Festival 2018
- Sarajevo Film Festival 2017
- Nata Murvanidze
- Dimitri Tatishvili
- Ramaz Ioseliani
- Avtandil Makharadze
- Anastasia Chanturaia
- Lasha Gabunia
- Luka Kachibaia
- Ana Urushadze
- Konstantin Mindia Esadze
- Nika Pasuri
The film is about restrictions - some of those moral codes that we are taught and educated to, leading to some kinds of stereotypes and responsibilities attached to certain social statuses because of which an individual is oppressed. Here an oppressed one is the mother, who spent all her youth dedicated to family matters, taking care of her husband and children, ignoring her passion, that is writing. All these blockages have added up and reached its peak - she is having “now or never” moment, chooses Now and plunges herself into writing. Before she was totally dedicated to her family life, now she is totally into writing process, as if both cannot coexist simultaneously. And when art is free but the artist is not, tension often materializes into some events - barricades must be overcome, there is often some kind of a sacrifice involved and in the end you wonder whether it was worth it.
Scary Mother is a brave debut feature on a topic that has already been explored through different approaches, but Ana Urushadze offers her own unique perspective, proving she is a filmmaker to follow.
The cast deliver expressive, haunted faces and intense, prickly performances.
Unusually assured for a debut feature, with a strong visual aesthetic and a healthy streak of absurdist humor.
Scary Mother is a bold debut enveloped in a transfixing style. It's a fever dream translated into the aesthetics of social realism.
Ana Urushadze's darkly daring debut.
Startling debut that wholly earns its place as standard-bearer for one of the most exciting and distinctive national cinemas to have emerged in recent years.
When I’m writing, I never ask myself anything. I just follow the flow and my thoughts as I put them down on paper. It’s only afterwards, when the story settles down, that I understand the original source of my inspiration and why the story followed the path that is has.
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 such as IDEAS (2010) and ONE MAN LOVED ME (2012). SCARY MOTHER is her feature film debut and it premiered in Locarno.