by Tenguiz Abouladzé, Revaz Tchkheidzé
Director: Tenguiz Abouladzé, Revaz Tchkheidzé
Screenplay: Karlo Gogodzé
Cinematographer: Aleksandr Digmelov
Setting: Iossif Soumbatachvili
Sound: Raphaël Kazeli
Music: Archil Kereselidzé
Cast.: David Abachidzé, Mikho Barachvili, Akaki Kvantaliani, L. Moistsrapichvili, Nani Tchikvinidzé, Doudoukhana Tserodzé
Distribution: Gaumont Pathé Archives
24 rue du docteur Bauer
93400 ST OUEN
Tel: 01 49 48 15 03
35 mm, B & W, 67 min,
OV Georgian with French subtitles
Poor peasant woman Magdana is a widow, alone to provide for her three children Safo, Mikho and Kato. One day, Mikho and Kato find a donkey about to die on the roadside. They take the donkey home and look after it. The donkey recovers and soon can carry milk to the city. One day on her way Madgana meets Mitua who recognizes the donkey he had abandoned. He wants it back but she refuses and the matter is brought to court. The coalman wins the case. Magdana goes back home, stricken by grief and injustice.
Magdana’s Donkey marks the revival of Georgian cinema. Tenguiz Abdulaz is interested in the daily life led by simple people and distances himself from the trend in Russian cinema.