Director, scriptwriter, actor. Born in 1934
in Tbilisi. Finished a music college (majoring
in violin and conducting, 1952). Studied at
the department of mathematics at MGU
(1953—1955). Graduated from the department
of directing at VGIK (1961, class of
A.Dovzhenko and M.Chiaureli; diploma —
1965). Since 1961 worked as a director
and scriptwriter and «Gruzia-Film» studio.
Directed a number of documentaries.
Merited Worker of Arts of Georgian SSR.
Winner of the Russian independent award
«Triumph», the A.A.Tarkovsky Prize, the Main
Arts Prize (Berlin Academy of Arts). Since the
early 1980s lives and works in France.