Tengiz ABULADZE
Тенгиз АБУЛАДЗЕ
Tenguiz ABOULADZE
USSR (Georgia), 1977, 107mn 
Colour, fiction
Drevo zhelaniya
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Древо желания

 

 The Tree of Desire / The Wishing Tree

 L'Arbre du désir

Other titles : Natvris khe
 
Directed by : Tengiz ABULADZE (Тенгиз АБУЛАДЗЕ)
Writing credits : Tengiz ABULADZE (Тенгиз АБУЛАДЗЕ), Revaz INANISHVILI (Реваз ИНАНИШВИЛИ)
 
Cast
David ABASHIDZE (Давид АБАШИДЗЕ)
Sofiko CHIAURELY (Софико ЧИАУРЕЛИ) ...Pupala
Ramaz CHKHIKVADZE (Рамаз ЧХИКВАДЗЕ) ...Le prêtre Okhrokhine
Konstantin DAUSHVILI (Константин ДАУШВИЛИ) ...Tsitsikore
Georgi GEGECHKORI (Георгий ГЕГЕЧКОРИ) ...Chachika
Soso JACHVLIAN (Сосо ДЖАЧВЛИАН) ...Guedoua
Kakhi KAVSADZE (Кахи КАВСАДЗЕ) ...Rebel Lorami
Lika KAVZHARADZE (Лика КАВЖАРАДЗЕ) ...Marita
Zaza KOLELISHVILI (Заза КОЛЕЛИШВИЛИ) ...Shete
Erosi MANJGALADZE (Эроси МАНДЖГАЛАДЗЕ) ...Mumbula
Cecile TAKAISHVILY (Сесиль ТАКАЙШВИЛИ) ...Maradia
Boris TSIPURIA (Борис ЦИПУРИЯ) ...Qoria
 
Production design : Revaz MIRZASHVILI (Реваз МИРЗАШВИЛИ)
Music : Yakov BOBOKHIDZE (Яков БОБОХИДЗЕ), Bidzina KVERNADZE (Бидзина КВЕРНАДЗЕ)
Sound : Tengiz NANOBASHVILI (Тенгиз НАНОБАШВИЛИ)
Companies : Grouzia-Film (Грузия фильм)
Release Date in Russia : 23/08/1977
 

Awards :
Aurochs d’Or de la mise en scène au Festival de Téhéran, 1977
Prix spécial du Festival de Karlovy Vary, 1978
Prix David de Donatello du meilleur film étranger diffusé en Italie, 1979

DVD with subtitles
Editor : Ruscico.
Langues : RU EN FR - Sous-titres : RU EN FR DE ES IT
Bonus : Interviews (K. Kavcadze i Z. Kolelichvili

Plot synopsis
This poetic parable is part of Tenghiz Abuladze’s cinematic triptych: “The Supplication” – “The Wishing Tree” – “Repentance”. The place is Georgia at the beginning of the 20th century. That’s how director Tenghiz Abuladze described his film: “’The Wishing Tree’ is a film about the people lit up by a dream. Every character has its own ideal. One is worshipping the skies, another the earth, some idolize the body, others elevate the spirit. Some destroy the body, others the soul…” Marita, the film’s heroine, arrived here to live with her aunt. She meets a poor young lad, Gedia, and falls in love with him. But her relatives are determined to marry the girl off to a local rich man…
Source : www.ruscico.com
 

commentaries
Тенгиз Абдуладзе: Путь к "Покаянию", Margarita KVASNETSKAYA, Культурная революция, 2009
 

Selected in the following festivals :
- Fribourg International Film Festival, Fribourg (Switzerland), 2011