Best First Feature – Locarno Film Festival
In 1929, author Virginia Woolf famously declared “a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction,” a proto-feminist article of faith which is starkly illustrated in this inimitably Georgian story with global resonance.
Manana is a woman in crisis, aching to leave behind the confines of her domestic life and indulge her literary aspirations. But her interests tend toward the unabashedly erotic and as she tries to navigate the impossibly constrictive net of middle-aged womanhood, the barriers between fact and fiction, reality and nightmare come tumbling down.
Offbeat feminist parable by way of full-blown surrealist meltdown, Scary Mother combines a strong visual aesthetic with a healthy streak of absurdist humour, marking 27-year-old debut director Ana Urushadze as a raw talent of new Georgian cinema to watch for decades to come.