Scary Mother

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    Scary Mother

    Directed by

    Georgia, Estonia


    107 min

    • Georgian


    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.


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    • 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


    Labels & Line Ups


    Nata Murvanidze
    Dimitri Tatishvili
    Ramaz Ioseliani
    Avtandil Makharadze
    Anastasia Chanturaia
    Lasha Gabunia
    Luka Kachibaia
    Ana Urushadze
    Konstantin Mindia Esadze
    Nika Pasuri

    Director's Statement

    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.

    Vassilis Economou, Cineuropa

    The cast deliver expressive, haunted faces and intense, prickly performances.

    Stefan Dobroiu, The Hollywood Reporter

    Unusually assured for a debut feature, with a strong visual aesthetic and a healthy streak of absurdist humor.

    Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter

    Scary Mother is a bold debut enveloped in a transfixing style. It's a fever dream translated into the aesthetics of social realism.

    Martin Kudlac, Screen Anarchy

    Ana Urushadze's darkly daring debut.

    Jessica Kiang, Variety

    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.

    Jessica Kiang, Variety

    Ana Urushadze

    Ana Urushadze


    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.