Permanent Travel – Georgia’s Restless Cinema Retrospective

Magdana’s Donkey

Magdanas lurja
Rezo Chkheidze, Tengiz Abuladze
1955 • Georgia (USSR) • 71’
National Premiere

Widow Magdana tries to provide for her three children by selling yoghurt, which forces her to a long and painful back-and-forth to the city—until she shelters an abused donkey that may better life for the whole family. Addressing late nineteenth century Caucasus with neorealist sensitivity enabled by the Khrushchev Thaw, and including references to other times and injustices, the film was awarded at Cannes and marked the resurgence of Georgian cinema.

24 OCT / 15:30 / 108’
Deep Caucasus 2
Cinemateca Portuguesa – Museu do Cinema
Screened with
Alaverdoba
Giorgi Shengelaia

Permanent Travel – Georgia’s Restless Cinema Retrospective