After receiving his response, students went to study at the USSR State Institute of Cinematography. Revaz Chkheidze began his big career in 1953. Two years later, Chkheidze co-directed (with Tengiz Abuladze) Magdanas lurja (Magdana’s Donkey) that earned him the Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival and first prize at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in 1956. He went on to direct several acclaimed films, including Chveni ezo (1956), Maia tskneteli (1959), Jariskatsis mama (1964) and Ghimilis bichebi (1969). In 1966, Chekhidze was awaded the title of People’s Artist of Georgia and, in 1980, People’s Artist of the USSR. In 1973, he became a director of the Georgian Film studio, which he continues to head to the present day.