The Saplings
The Saplings

The Saplings

Director Rezo Chkheidze

Production year 1972

Length 90min.

Country Georgia


Old Luka wants to replenish his garden and together with his grandson sets forth to obtain the rare saplings of the pear tree called Khechechuri. The cranky old man surprises everyone, for Luka knows that he is not destined to see how the pear tree will bear fruit. The old man gets the saplings. On his way home he has to sacrifice the plants to rescue a skidded truck.


Best Actor Prize, Diploma (to the director) | Moscow IFF, Russia, 1973


Rezo Chkheidze
Rezo Chkheidze



Shota Laferadze


Suliko Zhgenti

Director of Photography

Abesalom Maisuradze

Production designer

Ilamaz (Zurab) Medzmariashvili, Tatiana Krimkovskaia

Music by

Nodar Gabunia


Davit Lomidze


Vasili Dolenko


Ramaz Chkhikvadze, Misha Meskhi, Meri Qoreli

Production company(ies)

Qartuli Pilm

Rezo Chkheidze

Born. 1926, Kutaisi, Georgia. In 1943 – 46, Chkheidze studied at Tbilisi Theatre Institute Named after Shota Rustaveli. In 1953, he graduated from the Directing Department of All-Union State Institute of Cinematography, Moscow. Since 1953, he was a film director of Georgia Film Studio, and since 1973, already the CEO of the Film Studio and head of the Film Department at Tbilisi Theatre Institute Named after Shota Rustaveli. In 1953, Chkheidze directed Boris Paichadze, a documentary by his script. In 1954, two other documentaries were filmed with Tengiz Abduladze. In 1955, his Magdana’s Donkey was released, which was an award-winner at Cannes IFF in 1956. Chzkheidze was also a deputy member of Supreme Soviet of USSR.


Boris Paichadze (1953, doc.), Our Palace (1954, co-dir.: Tengiz Abuladze), The State Natioanl Dance Ensemble of Georgia (1954, co-dir.: Tengiz Abuladze ), Magdana’s Donkey (1955), Our Courtyard (1956), Maya from Tskhneti (1959), Treasure (1961), Sea Trail (1962), Soldier’s Father (1964), What a Youth! (1969), The Saplings (1975), Your Son, Earth (1985), The Candle Alight on the Grave of the Lord (2008).

FILMS 2013