Tengiz Abuladze

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Tengiz Abuladze
Born Tengiz Abuladze
(1924-01-31)January 31, 1924
Kutaisi, Georgia , USSR
Died March 6, 1994(1994-03-06) (aged 70)
Tbilisi, Georgia

Tengiz Abuladze (Georgian: თენგიზ აბულაძე; January 31, 1924 in Kutaisi — March 6, 1994 in Tbilisi) was a Georgian film director.

Abuladze studied theatre direction (1943–1946) at the Shota Rustaveli Theatre Institute, Tbilisi, Georgia, and filmmaking at the VGIK (All-Union State Institute of Cinematography) in Moscow. He graduated VGIK in 1952 and in 1953 he joined Gruziya-film (Georgia Film Studios) as a director. He was awarded the title of People's Artist of the Soviet Union in 1980.

His first film, Magdana's Donkey (1956), which he directed with Rezo Chkheidze, won the "Best Fiction Short" award at the 1956 Cannes Film Festival. He is most famous for his film trilogy: The Plea (The Supplication) (1968), The Tree of Desire (1976), and Repentance (1984, released 1987), which won him the Lenin Prize (1988) and the first Nika Award for Best Picture. Repentance won the Special Jury Prize at the 1987 Cannes Film Festival.[1] In 1987 he was a member of the jury at the 15th Moscow International Film Festival.[2]


  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Repentance". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-07-19. 
  2. ^ "15th Moscow International Film Festival (1987)". MIFF. Retrieved 2013-02-18. 

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