Chkheidze, Revaz Davidovich
Born Dec. 8, 1926, in Kutaisi. Soviet motion-picture director. People’s Artist of the Georgian SSR (1966). Member of the CPSU since 1958.
Chkheidze studied in the directing department of the Tbilisi Shota Rustaveli Theatrical Institute from 1943 to 1946 and graduated in 1953 from the All-Union State Institute of Cinematography, where he studied in the workshop of M. I. Romm and S. I. Iutkevich. He is a director at the Gruziia-fil’m studio, where, together with the director T. E. Abuladze, he has produced several documentary films, as well as the feature film Lurdzha Magdany (1956; prizewinner at the Ninth International Film Festival in Cannes). Chkheidze’s most outstanding works as a director have been The Father of a Soldier (1965), the leading actor of which, S. A. Zakariadze, was awarded the Lenin Prize in 1966, and The Seedlings (1972). His other films have included Our Yard (1957), Maia From Tskhneti (1960), and Those Young People! (1969).
Chkheidze was a deputy to the ninth convocation of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR. He has been awarded the Order of Lenin, two other orders, and several medals.