Scary Mother (Georgian: საშიში დედა; Sashishi Deda) is a drama film written and directed by Ana Urushadze which has been selected as the Georgian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 90th Academy Awards. The same film will be nominated for the Golden Globe Awards ceremony. Scary mother is a Georgian-Estonian production.
The main character Manana, played by Nata Murvanidze, is a 50-year-old Tblisi housewife who is torn between her family life and a passion for writing fiction which she has repressed for years. As the protagonist of the story begins reading her first published book to family members, she realises her fears of negative reception from relatives are becoming a reality.
Georgian Filmmaker Ana Urushadze is 27 and Scary Mother is her feature film debut. She graduated from Shota Rustaveli Theatre and Georgia State Film University (TAFU) in 2013. She directed several short films such as Ideas (2010) and One Man Loved Me (2012). She is the daughter of Zaza Urushadze, Georgian film director, screenwriter and producer whose 2013 feature “Tangerines” was shortlisted for a foreign Oscar.
Ana Urushadze won the Golden Leopard award for her film debut Scary Mother, in the Best First Feature category at the Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland. Scary Mother also received an independent jury prize. It was also a winner at the Pingyao International Film Festival in China in the Best of Fest category. Ana Urushadze won another award in the category: best new director at the Asian World Film Festival, which is the Los Angeles-based awards. Directors from over 50 countries took place in this contest.
See the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmige6Y0bhg
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