Director GEORGIA

Eldar SHENGELAIA

Eldar SHENGELAIA

© Eldar Shengelaia

Biography

Born 26.01.1933 in Tbilisi – film director, people’s artist of Georgian SSR (1979). Older son of a star of Georgian film – Nato Vachnadze and film director Nikoloz Shengelaia. Graduated from State Cinema Institute of the Union (Moscow), faculty of film director. (S. Yutkevich workshop, 1958). In 1957-60 was working as a film director in “Mosfilm”. Together with Alexi Sakharov directed films on a fairy motives – “Frozen Heart Legend” and “Snow Fairy Tale”. In the company Georgian Film, together with Tamaz Meliava, directed “White Caravan” – a poetic story about a human and his labor, about attitude to the traditions. In 1965 directed a short film “Mikela”. He gained a wide spread recognition with the film “Unusual Exhibition” (1968). This is an ironic tragicomedy about a province origin sculptor. In 1973 he directed film “Eccentrics” – a parable of grotesque realism. Film heroes are dreamer eccentrics opposing the realities of system. In 1977 he directed “Samanishvili’s Stepmother”, by the scenario of David Kldiashvili story, where he underlined human personality. The director reflected adventure of heroes using a delicate humor. In 1978 he was awarded a “best director” prize at Cairo Festival. In 1983 he directed a satire comedy “Blue Mountains – Unbelievable Story” – created an ironic grotesque portrait of stalemated soviet society.

Films presented at Cannes

TETRI KARAVANI THE WHITE CARAVAN 2019 Cannes Classics Director
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Directors

Abderrahmane SISSAKO

Abderrahmane SISSAKO

Barbet SCHROEDER

Barbet SCHROEDER

Director, Actor
Chloé ROBICHAUD

Chloé ROBICHAUD

Film Editor, Script Writer
François TRUFFAUT

François TRUFFAUT

Director, Script Writer
Michael WINTERBOTTOM

Michael WINTERBOTTOM

Director
Mélanie THIERRY

Mélanie THIERRY

Actress, Actress
Raoul RUIZ

Raoul RUIZ

Director
Tomás KLEIN

Tomás KLEIN

Director
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