The Wishing Tree (film)

The Wishing Tree (Georgian: ნატვრის ხე, natvris khe, Russian: Древо желания, drevo zhelania) is a 1976 Georgian drama film directed by Tengiz Abuladze. It won the Lenin Prize, the All-Union Film Festival main prize and other prizes. The film is based on Giorgi Leonidze's short stories.

The Wishing Tree
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Directed byTengiz Abuladze
Written byRevaz Inanishvili
Tengiz Abuladze
StarringLika Kavzharadze
Soso Jachvliani
Music byBidzina Kvernadze
Iakob Bobokhidze
CinematographyLomer Akhvlediani
Distributed byCannon Film (US theatrical)
Ruscico (DVD)
Release date
  • May 1977 (1977-05)
Running time
107 minutes
CountrySoviet Union (Georgian SSR)

The textures of folk legend and striking visual allegory permeate The Wishing Tree, an episodic pastorale set in a pre-revolutionary Georgian village and spanning four seasons in the lives of various village characters. Some twenty-two stories are woven into the narrative, which centers on a beautiful young woman who is forced to marry a man she does not love; her unsanctioned love for another leads her to ritual disgrace and sacrifice.



The film score is composed by Georgian composers Bidzina Kvernadze and Iakob Bobokhidze.


The film won several film festival prizes.

Year Prize
1977 Main prize of All-Union Film Festival
1977 Golden aurochs at VI Film festival in Tehran
1978 Special prize at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
1979 Shota Rustaveli Prize
1979 David di Donatello for Best Foreign Film
1988 Lenin Prize for Tengiz Abuladze


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