Extraordinary Exhibition
Extraordinary Exhibition

Extraordinary Exhibition

Director Eldar Shengelaya

Production year 1968

Length 78min.

Country Georgia


Aguli Eristavi, a provincial sculptor, has a dream to make something extraordinary from the marble slab presented to him by his teacher. However, after his return from the front, Aguli takes only private commissions to sustain his large family. In a nutshell, Aguli specializes in making tombstones and busts of the deceased. One day after partying with his friends, Aguli and his wife happen to pass the cemetery – Aguli’s "one man show"- where Aguli mockingly confesses that he did nothing but squandered his talent. In the end, Aguli decides to give his dream marble slab to his only pupil.



Eldar Shengelaya
Eldar Shengelaya



Rezo Gabriadze

Director of Photography

Giorgi Gersamia

Production designer

Dimitri Eristavi

Music by

Gia Kancheli


Otar Gegechkori


Neli Saradova


Guram Lortkipanidze, Valentina Telechkina, Vasil Chkhaidze, Dodo Abashidze, Salome Kancheli, Julieta Vashakmadze, Victor Deisadze, Akaki Doborjginidze, Aleksandr Qelbakian

Production company(ies)

Kartuli Pilmi

Eldar Shengelaya

Born 1933, Tbilisi, Georgia . A Georgian film director and scriptwriter, People’s Artist of Georgia (1979) and of the Soviet Union (1988). He graduated from the Directing Department of the All-Union State Cinematography Institute in Moscow (VGIK, master class of S. Yutkevitch, S. Skvortsova), in 1958. Worked at Mosfilm Studio, starting from 1960 was a director at Georgia Film Studio. Ran a Directing Master Class at the Tbilisi Theatre Institute after Rustaveli (1975-1980). He was the First Secretary of Filmmakers’ Union of Georgia (1979 - 1990), since 1990 - the Chairman of the same Union. Shengelaya is one of the founders of the Georgian political opposition organization People’s Front” (1989). In 1992, he was elected a member of the Parliament of Georgia. A member of the Jury at Venice IFF in 1986 and at Berlin IFF in 1992.


The Legend of the Icy Heart (1958) A Snow Fairy Tale (1959), The White Caravan (1963), Miqela (1965), An Unusual Exhibition(1968), The Eccentrics (1973), The Stepmother of Samanishvili (1977), Blue Mountains, or Unbelievable Story (1983), Expres-informatsia (1993).

FILMS 2012