ⓘ Magdana's Donkey


ⓘ Magdanas Donkey

Magdanas Donkey is a 1956 Georgian black-and-white Social-themed drama film co-directed by Revaz Chkheidze and Tengiz Abuladze based on a short story of the same name by Ekaterine Gabashvili.


1. Plot

In a small Georgian village at the beginning of the 20th century? 1895, a widowMagdana and her three childrenSopo,Mikho,Kato live in poverty, making ends meet by selling yoghurt in the city. The children find a sick abandoned donkey and bring it back to health and then the familys luck begins to change for the better. Then the donkeys old ownerMitua sees the donkey in the city and wants it back.


2. Production

This film was the debut feature of Tengiz Abuladze and Revaz Chkeidze. Magdanas Donkey was acclaimed as the start of a" new wave” in Soviet cinema.

The leading role Magdana was played by Georgian actress Dudukhana Tserodze. The film won the Best Fiction Short award at the 1956 Cannes Film Festival.


3. Cast

  • L. Moistsrapishvili as Sopo Magdanas older daughter
  • Aleksandre Omiadze as Gigo Magdanas Father
  • Akaki Vasadze as Village Foreman? Landlord
  • Nani Chikvinidze as KatoMagdanas younger daughter
  • Aleksandre Takaishvili as Judge
  • Dudukhana Tserodze as Magdana
  • Mikho Borashvili as Mikho Magdanas boy
  • Akaki Kvantaliani as Mitua
  • Karlo Sakandelidze as Vano