November 19, 2017, 5:00 P.M.

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Outside the Box [Office] and ARTIZM invite you and a guest to a special screening of

Scary Mother

Written and Directed by Ana Urushadze
Produced by Lasha Khalvashi, Tinatin Kajrishvili, and Ivo Felt

Followed by a Q&A with Ana Urushadze and Lead Actress Nata Murvanidze

5:00 P.M. on Sunday, November 19th, 2017
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007



2018 Official Oscar® Entry – Georgia
Best Foreign Language Film

About Scary Mother

"Scary Mother" - official trailer from Artizm on Vimeo.

A 50-year-old housewife, Manana, is forced to confront her opposing identities as a dedicated mother, and a brilliant, yet unconventional writer. When faced with a choice between her family and her passion, she decides to plunge fully into writing, sacrificing to it both mentally and physically.

Provided courtesy of ARTIZM. Not rated. Running time: 107 minutes. In Georgian, with English subtitles.


Director's Statement

Here, the oppressed individual is a mother whose life has been dedicated to the needs of her husband and children, and whose passion for writing has been ignored.

All of these obstacles eventually culminate into her “Now or Never” moment, in which she chooses “Now,” plunging herself into writing. Before, she was entirely dedicated to her family, and now she commits herself completely to the writing process—as if both cannot be pursued simultaneously, as if both versions of herself cannot coexist.

And when art is free but the artist is not, tension becomes tangible – barricades must be overcome, necessitating sacrifice. The ending often begs the question, “Was it worth it?”

-- Ana Urushadze

About the Guests

ANA URUSHADZE (Writer, Director)

Born in Tbilisi, Georgia on September 11, 1990. She graduated from Shota Rustaveli Theatre and Film State University in 2013. Though she has written and directed several shorts, this is her debut feature film.

Filmography: Scary Mother (2017), One Man Loved Me (short) (2012), Ideas (short) (2010).

NATA MURVANIDZE (Actress, "Manana")

The descendent of a prominent Georgian family of artists, thespians, and filmmakers. She began her career as an actress in the early nineties, and since has been cast in a wide range of roles in major Georgian theatres, including: “Rosaura” (Life is a Dream), “Cordelia” (King Lear), “Salome” (Salome), “Irina” (Three Sisters), “Mary Waren” (The Crucible), “Antigone” (Anouilh’s Antigone), “Eliza” (Pygmalion), “Hitler” (Mishima’s My Friend Hitler), “Jacques” (As You Like It), “Claire” (The Maids). She also participated in the Alfa-Beta contemporary dance project (Atelier of Daniel Larrieu & Tamaz Rimmer, Montpelier Dance Festival, 1999).

Filmography: Lullaby (Dir. N. Janelidze, 1992, Georgia), Mysteries (Dir. M. Kalatozishvili, 1997, Russia), Magonia (Dir. I. Smits, 2001, The Netherlands), Jako’s Lodgers (Dir. D. Janelidze, 2007, Georgia), Mediator (Dir. D. Tsintsadze, 2008, Georgia-Germany), collaborations with the Academy Award Nominee Georgian film director Zaza Urushadze: Three Houses (2008, Montreal Film Festival), Stay With Me (2011), and her latest role in The Confession (2017, in post production).

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Check-In & Reservations

This screening is free of charge and open to the public. Please bring a valid USC ID or print out of your reservation confirmation, which will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors will open at 4:30 P.M.

All SCA screenings are OVERBOOKED to ensure seating capacity in the theater, therefore seating is not guaranteed based on RSVPs. The RSVP list will be checked in on a first-come, first-served basis until the theater is full. Once the theater has reached capacity, we will no longer be able to admit guests, regardless of RSVP status.


The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $12.00 at USC Entrance Gate #5, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & McClintock Ave. We recommend Parking Structure D, at the far end of 34th Street. Metered street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

Contact Information

Name: Alessandro Ago