Zaza Urushadze seen first on the right.
|Born||Tbilisi, Georgian SSR, Soviet Union (now Georgia)|
|Years active||1989 - present|
|Known for||Tangerines (2013)|
He graduated in 1982-1988 at the directing department of the Shota Rustaveli Theatre and Film Georgian State University. In 2002-2004 he was the director of the Georgian National Film Centre.
Zaza's full-length debut - film Here Comes the Dawn (1998) was very successful and participated in many international film festivals. It was Georgia's official Best Foreign Language Film submission at the 72nd Academy Awards, but did not receive a nomination.
From 2003 to 2006 Zaza Urushadze was director of TV Series - Ckheli Dzagli. The project became successful, but 4th season was banned by Georgian Government because of its political themes. The director left his job to start work at his new project - Three Houses.
Zaza's second full-length film Three Houses was finished in 2008. It participated in international film festivals (including Montreal World Film Festival). In December, 2009 Zaza Urushadze’s film opened the program of Georgian Filmweek in Tallinn, Estonia. During the meeting with Artur Veeber and Tatjana Mühlbeier the idea to write a script of Tangerines was born.
Tangerines, the first Estonian-Georgian co-production, was finished in 2013. It became one of the most successful and worldwide acclaimed films in Georgian Film history. The story takes place during the war in Georgia, in the Apkhazeti region in 1990, an Estonian man, Ivo, has stayed behind to harvest his crops of tangerines. When a wounded man is left at his door, Ivo has no choice but to take him in.
During three years, the film won awards in several international festivals, including Satellite Award for Best Foreign Language Film and Audience award for best film in Warsaw International Film Festival. At the International Film Festival Mannheim-Heidelberg 2013, "Tangerines" won a special prize, the Audience Prize for Best Feature Film and the Cinema Owners Prize and at the Fajr International Film Festival, the film was acknowledged as the best film with the best script writing.
At the Bari International Film Festival, the film was acknowledged as one of the best films of 2014, and at the International Film Festival in Tallinn, "Tangerines" was named the Best Estonian Film and the International Cinema Club prize.
In 2013 the film was also awarded the Estonian Film Critics’ Awards for the Best Film and Estonian State Awards for outstanding contribution to the promotion of Estonia. Estonian Ministry of Culture also named Mandarinebi as the best film.
Three years later, in 2016, Zaza Urushadze began producing his new film - The Confession (working title "The Monk"). The film was produced by Ivo Felt of Estonia-based Allfilm and Zaza Urushadze's company Cinema24 and funded with €700,000 ($776,000). The Confession tells the story of a film director-turned-priest whose life in a small mountain village begins to unravel when he meets a local music teacher who is hiding a dark secret. The director said: “I can’t say The Monk will be similar to Tangerines, It will be lighter and maybe even more sensitive, but it will be hopefully very entertaining." Filming took place in Kakheti, Georgia in July and August with a cast including Dmitri Tatishvili, Joseph Khvedelidze and Sophia Sebiskveradze. The premiere is planned for early 2017.
|1989||Mattvis vints mamam miatova||Yes||Yes||Yes||Short film|
|1998||Here Comes the Dawn||Yes||Yes|
|2003-2006||Ckheli Dzagli||Yes||TV series|
|2011||Stay with Me||Yes|
|2012||The Guardian||Yes||Third film of Karabakh Trilogy|
|2013||Tangerines||Yes||Yes||Yes||Nominated - Best Foreign Language Film in Academy Awards|
|2017||Anton, his friend and the Russian revolution||Yes||Yes||post-production|
The film Tangerines won Urushadze the Best Director Award in the International Competition and the Audience Poll at the 29th Warsaw Film Festival. As well as the Special Award of Mannheim-Heidelberg and the Audience Award at the International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg 2013.
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