Keep Smiling
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Festival in Media
Section: International Competition
Country: Georgia / France / Luxemburg
Year: 2012


91 min, colour

Director: Rusudan Chkonia Screenplay: Rusudan Chkonia Cinematography: Konstantine Mindia Esadze Production Design: Sopo Bazghadze Costumes: Giorgi Nadiradze Editing: Rusudan Chkonia, Jean-Pierre Bloc, Levan Kukhashvili Sound: Paata Godziashvili Producer: Rusudan Chkonia, M. Nicolas Blanc Cast: Ia Sukhitashvili, Gia Roinishvili, Olga Babluani, Tamuna Bukhnikashvili, Nana Shonia, Shorena Begashvili, Maka Chichua

The film recounts the dramatic events that take place at a beauty contest involving ten mothers, five of whom belong to the poorest sections of society, and their many children. The mothers are desperately trying to win a beauty contest which main prize is an apartment and $25,000. Dreams are quick to vanish as realization dawns that the competition is a complete farce. The media and organizers of the show are exploiting the misfortunes of the participants: Georgian women, the Abkhazian war and patriotism are all themes constituting a ploy to create entertainment for the audience, ending up causing a massive fight among participants.

Nikê Studio
Ex Nihilo
in co-production with:
Samsa Films
Alvy Production




Rusudan Chkonia

Born in 1978 in Tbilisi, Georgia. Graduated from film directing studies in 2001. That same year, she directed CHILDREN WITHOUT A NAME - her diploma film, which earned her numerous prizes. The following year, she followed with SPRING AND LAND OF PROMISE. After receiving a number of scholarships and taking on several projects, in 2012, she produced, wrote and directed KEEP SMILING. The film was premiered at the Venice Film Festival, in parallel section Venice Days, and won Jury Special Prize at the Antalya IFF.




2012 Keep Smiling
2007 C'est la vie (short)