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596 Ratings



Directed by Tengiz Abuladze
Soviet Union, 1984
Comedy, Drama


The day after the funeral of Varlam Aravidze, the authoritarian mayor of a small Georgian town, his corpse turns up again in his son’s garden but is secretly reburied. However, the corpse keeps returning, and the police eventually arrests a local woman, who is accused of digging it up.

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Repentance Directed by Tengiz Abuladze

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

1987 | 3 wins including: FIPRESCI Prize

Golden Globes (USA)

1988 | Nominee: Best Foreign Language Film

Chicago International Film Festival

1987 | 2 wins including: Best Actor (Silver Hugo)

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