A middle-aged woman struggles to overcome the domestic life that is keeping her from publishing her first novel – to dark effect.
Manana, a dutiful wife and homemaker to her husband and three children, has shelved away her dream of being a writer for as long as she could. At 50 years-old, she finally finds the courage to shut herself away in a room for long periods of time to write. But when her husband is horrified by the novel’s crude honesty and demands that she cease writing it, Manana ventures further into the dark side to realise her deepest desires.
Nata Murvanidze’s convincing performance gives birth to a compelling portrait of Manana in this tense psychological thriller. The stillness of the image, so immaculately framed by long takes, provides a further glimpse into the tortured writer’s psychological landscape that gestures toward the emptiness of the life that surrounds her and the larger void within her.
Cast & Credits
Ana Urushadze is a Georgian filmmaker. She has directed several short films, including Ideas (2010) and One Man Loved Me (2012). Scary Mother (2017) won the Best First Feature and Youth Jury awards at the 70th Locarno Film Festival, and will be competing in the Best Foreign Language film category at the 2018 Academy Awards
Lasha Khalvashi, Tinatin Kajrishvili, Ivo Felt
Nata Murvanidze, Dimitri Tatishvili, Ramaz Ioseliani
• Best First Feature, Locarno Film Festival 2017
• Youth Jury Award, Locarno Film Festival 2017
• Heart of Sarajevo, Sarajevo Film Festival 2017