The Stepmother of Samanishvili
The Stepmother of Samanishvili

The Stepmother of Samanishvili

Director Eldar Shengelaya

Production year 1977

Length 85min.

Country Georgia


Bekina Samanishvili, a poor and aged nobleman, decides to get married again. His decision alarms his only son Platon, who can hardly support his own family. In an effort to save his family from unwanted candidate to his father’s property, he decides to find a desirable fiancée for his old man, preferably a woman who’s already been married but never had children. 


Special Prizes for Direction and Cinematography | Cairo IFF, Egypt, 1978


Eldar Shengelaya
Eldar Shengelaya



Rezo Cheishvili

Director of Photography

Lomer Akhvlediani, Yuri Skhirtladze

Production designer

Boris Tskhakaia, Jemal Kukhalashvili, Naum Furman

Music by

Gia Kancheli, Jansug Kakhidze


Vladimer Dolidze


Neli Partsvania


Vasil Kakhniashvili, Imeda Kakhiani, Nodar Chachanidze, Venera Neparidze, Berta Khapava, Shota Gabelaia, Salome Kancheli, Tamar Gviniashvili

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).

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