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

Caroline VIGNAL

Caroline VIGNAL

Director, Script Writer
Joachim LAFOSSE

Joachim LAFOSSE

Director, Script Writer
Jasmine TRINCA

Jasmine TRINCA

Actress, Director
Johnnie TO

Johnnie TO

Lloyd LEE CHOI

Lloyd LEE CHOI

Script Writer, Director
Malthe SAXER

Malthe SAXER

Director
Orin KADOORI

Orin KADOORI

Director, Film Editor
Teodora Ana MIHAI

Teodora Ana MIHAI

Director, Script Writer
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