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Time Time107 mins
LanguageGeorgian
Warning Violence, rape
The Wishing Tree
ნატვრის ხე

This adaptation of Giorgi Leonidze’s short stories sees twenty-two episodes coalesce into one phantasmagoric narrative. Set in pre-revolutionary Georgia, it follows a young woman forced into marriage by her village elders despite her love for another man. Drifting poetically from one incident to the next, this gorgeously sustained pastorale from one of Georgia’s great auteurs creates a sense of the rich tapestry of Georgian village life, and the tragic consequences of community dispute.

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Neil Ogden
Neil Ogden
Mesmerising and devastating
Amazingly photographed, stunning scenarios and movingly poetic dialogue. Very highly recommended.
Matthew Kibble
Matthew Kibble
Striking
Set in a traditional remote village, the film paints with the themes of loneliness, love, madness and fantasy. Very unusual colour palate, filmed in practically all weathers. The series of shots at the end is astonishing cinema.
Awards and Festivals
1988
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Winner
Lenin Prize for cultural achievements
Awarded to Tengiz Abuladze
1979
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Winner
Best Foreign Film
Accademia del Cinema Italiano
1979
Award Laurel
Winner
Shota Rustaveli Prize for cultural achievements
Awarded to Tengiz Abuladze
1978
Award Laurel
Winner
Special Prize
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Czech Republic
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