Women Make Waves International Film Festival

Program

Keep Smiling

Rusudan CHKONIA 2012 Georgia Fiction color 90min Georgian DigiBeta
The film tells about the dramatic events developing at the beauty contest of mothers of many children. Five of the contestants belong to the poorest social layer, trying desperately hard to win the main prize which is an apartment and 25,000 USD. The film starts with great hopes. However, gradually the mothers realize that not everything that glitters is gold and the competition is a complete farce. The promising dream thus turns into a severe monster. Georgian women, the Abkhazian war and patriotism are all themes constituting a ploy to create entertainment for the audience, ending up causing a massive fight among participants. Keep Smiling is a
heartfelt story, a vast reservoir of pain but told with satiric humor. The film has represented Georgia to compete for Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

Director

Rusudan CHKONIA

She was born in 1978 in Tbilisi, Georgia. In 2001 she graduated from Georgian Shota Rustaveli State University of Theatre & Film, with a degree in directing. She has written and directed two short films and two documentaries, which have been screened at many international film festivals. Her graduation film Children without a Name has won several international awards. The project Keep Smiling also won the award at Talent Highlight Pitch at the Berlinale Co-Production Market.

Director's Statement ▾

Rusudan CHKONIA
  • 2001 Children without a Name
  • 2007 C'est la vie
  • 2012《攝影中,請微笑》Keeping Smiling

Director & Screenplay/ Rusudan CHKONIA
Executive Producer/ Vladimir KACHARAVA
Producers/ Rusudan CHKONIA, Nicolas BLANC
Co-producers/ Marc ORDURE, B Jani THILTGES, Arnaud BERTRAND, Dominique BOUTONNAT, Hubert CAILLARD
Photography/ Konstantine & Mindia ESADZE
Editing/ Rusudan CHKONIA, Jean-Pierre BLOC, Levan KUKHASHVILI Sound/ Paata GODZIASHVILI
Art Director/ Sopo BAZGHADZE, Mamuka ESADZE, Dima ARSANIS, Giga IAKOBASHVILI
Costume/ George NADIRADZE
Cast/ Ia SUKHITASHVILI, Gia ROINISHVILI, Olga BABLUANI

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