Mariam Khatchvani

George Babluani, Girshel Chelidze, Mose Khachvani


Georgia, Qatar

An elemental story with a universal message and a folkloric, fatalistic, almost ballad-like feel, Dede won the Special Jury Prize in the East of the West competition at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.  Dede depicts a harshly backward existence, but does not lay out the conflict between tradition and progress in crudely binary terms. Shooting in Ushguli, a UNESCO world heritage site with a dying language and crumbling infrastructure, Khatchvani clearly has mixed emotions about the homeland that she still describes as “paradise.” A young priest serves as her mouthpiece in the latter half of the film, advising Girshel to drop his unrequited claim on Dina. “Some customs are good, some should be forgotten,” he says.


Winner of the Jury prize at the Batumi International Arthouse Film Festival 2017

Winner of the UNESCO award at the Asia Pacific Screen awards 2017

Winner of Audience award at the Montpelier Mediterranean Film Festival 2017

Q&A with George Babluani and Mindia Esadze (Cinematographer)

Writer and director Mariam Khatchvani was born in Ushguli, Svanati and studied film directing at the Shota Rustaveli State Film University. She has directed numerous documentaries, including Verdzoba (2006), Beyond the Window (2007) and Lichanishi and Kvirikoba (2009).

In 2013, Mariam made her short film Dinola. Funded by the Georgian National Film Centre, it was hugely successful and screened at over forty film festivals including Hong Kong Film Festival, Doha, Tribeca Film Festival, Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival, Friborg Film Festival, Brussels Short Film Festival, Uppsala Film Festival, Sarajevo Film Festival. It was also one of five nominees for best short film at the European Film Awards in 2014. DEDE is her first feature film.