Director Eldar Shengelaya

Production year 173

Length 76min.

Country Georgia


When his father dies, Ertaozi leaves his native village and moves to the town. Once there he meets a beautiful Margalita, a woman much older than him. When her husband is away she takes her lovers to her house and Ertaozi turns out one of them. When he agrees to help Margalita in getting rid of the chief of local police, her former lover, too, they imprison him and put in an underground cell with a stranger named Christepore. The man dreams of building a flying apparatus that will allow him to escape from prison. Ertaoz and Christepore join forces to make it happen…



Eldar Shengelaya
Eldar Shengelaya



Rezo Gabriadze

Director of Photography

Geno Chiradze

Production designer

Revaz Mirzashvili, Tengiz Mirzashvili

Music by

Gia Kancheli, Jansug Kakhidze


Vladimer Dolidze


Neli Partsvania


Vasil Chkhaidze, Dato Zhgenti, Ariadna Shengelaya, Boris Tsifuria, Abrek Pkhaladze, Merab Eliozishvili, Akaki Bakradze, Grigol Tkabladze, Ioseb Khaindrava

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