Born in Tbilisi, Georgia, formerly part of the USSR, Nana Dzhordzhadze studied architecture in her hometown from 1968 to 1974. Soon after, she studied at the Tbilisi State Theatre where she developed an interest in cinema. She made her acting debut in the film Some Interviews on Personal Matters (1978), and in 1979 made her directorial debut with two short films, Atlant and Mogzauroba Sopotshi, the latter of which she served as writer, set designer and costume designer. Dzhordzhadze appeared in a handful of films during the 1980s, continuing to direct shorts before making her first feature Robinzoniada, anu chemi ingliseli Papa (1987). The film won the Caméra d’Or Award at the 1987 Cannes Film Festival, establishing Dzhordzhadze’s name in the international film community.
In 1996, she co-wrote and directed A Chef in Love, earning an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. Her next picture, 27 Missing Kisses (2000), garnered further international acclaim, helping to cement her status as one of the leading filmmakers of Georgia. She continued to direct shorts, documentaries and mini-series, and in 2017, Dzhordzhadze became one of the newest members of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Mogzauroba Sopotshi (1979)
Robinzoniada, anu chemi ingliseli Papa (1987)
A Chef in Love (1996)
27 Missing Kisses (2000)