The Wishing Tree

Soviet Union/1976
Tengiz Abuladze


Poetry, vivid imagery and allegory mark the nearly two-dozen episodes of this epic tale about human life and its troubles, set in the Georgian village near the turn of the century.

Режија / Director
Tengiz Abuladze

Сценарио / Screenplay
Tengiz Abuladze
Revaz Inanishvili
Giorgi Leonidze 

Директор фотографије / Director of Photography
Lomer Akhvlediani  

Монтажа / Film Editing
Guliko Omadze         

Продуцент / Producer
Rezo Kveselava
Nino Natroshvili 

Продукцијска кућа / Production Company

Улоге / Cast
Lika Kavzharadze
Soso Jachvliani
Zaza Kolelishvili
Kote Daushvili

Трајање / Duration

Tengiz Abuladze
Director's Biography
Tengiz Abuladze

Tengiz Abuladze is one of the most remarkable representatives of Georgian cinema. He is regarded as one of the best Soviet directors in history. The Wishing Tree, Repentance, The Plea, Me, Grandma, Iliko and Ilarion, Other People's Children, Magdana's Donkey, A Necklace for My Beloved – these are the movies which create the brilliant filmography of Tengiz Abuladze.

Abuladze was born on January 31, 1924 in Kutaisi, administrative center of Georgia’s Imereti region. He studied theatre direction (1943–1946) at the Shota Rustaveli Theatre Institute, Tbilisi, Georgia, and filmmaking at the VGIK (All-Union State Institute of Cinematography) in Moscow. He graduated VGIK in 1952 and in 1953 he joined Georgia Film Studios as a director. He was awarded the title of People's Artist of the Soviet Union in 1980.

His first film, Magdana's Donkey (1956), which he directed in collaboration with Rezo Chkheidze, another outstanding Georgian director, won the Best Short Fiction award at the 1956 Cannes Film Festival. He is most famous for his film trilogy: The Plea (1967), The Wishing Tree (1976) and Repentance (1984, released 1987).

The Plea, based on the poems of famous Georgian poet Vazha-Pshavela and regarded as an influential classic, tells a tragic story of harsh traditions preserved in Georgia’s highlands, human relations, hospitality and courage characteristic of the inhabitants of Georgia’s mountainous areas. Georgian hospitality is one of the main topics of the movie. The main character of The Plea respects and protects his guest, despite the fact that he is the representative of another religion, and even his enemy.

The Wishing Tree is one of the most famous and successful works by Tengiz Abuladze. The movie depicts a situation in a pre-revolutionary Georgian village and tells a sad story of beautiful young woman Marita, who is forced to marry a man she does not love.

Repentance was made in 1984, but its release was banned in the Soviet Union for its allegorical criticism of the Soviet regime. It won the Special Jury Prize at the 1987 Cannes Film Festival.

Tengiz Abuladze made 12 films during his career. Five of them were documentaries and seven were fiction. His final films were going to be about renowned Georgian poet Galaktion Tabidze and writer Ilia Chavchavadze, but the famous director died in 1994 before he could finish them.

Tengiz Abuladze remains one of the remarkable representatives of Georgian cinema.