Magdana's Donkey

Magdana's Donkey
Directed by Rezo Chkheidze, Tengiz Abuladze
Screenplay by Carlo Gogodze
Story by Ekaterine Gabashvili
Starring Dudukhana Tserodze
Music by Archil Kereselidze
Cinematography Alexander Digmelov
Edited by Vasil Dolenko
Kartuli filmi
Release dates
  • 1956 (1956)
Running time
67 minutes
Country Soviet Union
Language Georgian

Magdana's Donkey (Georgian: მაგდანას ლურჯა, Russian: Лурджа Магданы, translit. Lurja magdani) 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.


In a small Georgian village at the beginning of the 20th century, a widow and her three children live in poverty, making ends meet by selling yoghurt. The children find a sick donkey and bring it back to health and then the family's luck begins to change for the better.


This film was the debut feature of Tengiz Abuladze and Revaz Chkeidze. Magdana's Donkey was acclaimed as the start of a “new wave” in Soviet cinema.[1]

The leading role (Magdana) was played by Georgian actress Dudukhana Tserodze.[2] The film won the Best Fiction Short award at the 1956 Cannes Film Festival.[3]


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