Glory to the Queen

by Tatia Skhirtladze & Anna Khazaradze
Cinema Documentary  |  82 min |  AUT, GEO, SRB  |  2020

Premiere: Sept 04, 2020 CineDoc Tbilisi

Leading us to Tbilisi, Georgia, Glory to the Queen reveals the interwoven biographies of the world chess heroes Nona Gaprindashvili, Nana Alexandria, Maia Chiburdanidze and Nana Ioseliani. It offers rare insight into their present lives while at the same time exploring their lasting legacy. Today they are aging women, ordinary and extreme, pedantic and free. The city, indeed the whole country, are still marked by them – even if these marks are slowly fading. Although they played together as the Soviet Union’s Olympic team, they were also tough opponents and had not sat together at the same table for over 25 years. Glory to the Queen brings them together again in an encounter where memories emerge, the common history is recalled, and many differences come to light.

From left to right the four chess players: Maia Chiburdanidse, Nana Alexandria, Nona Gaprindashvili and Nana Ioseliani
Chess Olympiad, Lucerne 1982

Glory to the Queen is a film about winning and losing on the chessboard and in life. It is a cinematic reflection on how women’s struggle for independence and their rebellion against powerful male systems echoes in individual and collective life stories.


September 4, 2020 CinéDOC-Tbilisi 2020, GE
October 19, 2020 CinEast Film Festival 2020, LU
November 9&10, 2020 Free Zone Film Festival 2020, RS
August 2020 Doqumenta 2020, MX
December 12, 2020 This Human World FF 2020, AT


Tatia Skhirtladze

Anna Khazaradze

Tatia Skhirtladze, Ina Ivanceanu

Sebastian Thaler

Klaus Track

Alexandra Vrabelov

berg hammer film (Karin Berghammer)

Amour Fou (Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu, Bady Minck)

1991 Productions (Nino Chichua, Anna Khazaradze)

Playground Produkcija (Sarita Matijevic)

Production Manager
Lena Krins

Production Accountant
Claudia Stanetty

Production Coordinator – berg hammer film
Barbara Eppensteiner

Production Coordinator – Amour Fou
Julian Berner

Production Assistant – berg hammer film
Ricarda Ecker, Franziska Aringer

gefördert von

ORF Film-Fernsehabkommen

Film Industry Support Austria


Linda Jensen / Silver Bullet Kft.


Georgian National Film Center

Film Center Serbia

EWA Network – Women in Film Award