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Mikhail KALATOZOV
Михаил КАЛАТОЗОВ
Mikhaïl KALATOZOV
 
USSR (Georgia), 1930, 55 mn 
Black and white, documentary

Salt for Svanetia

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Соль сванетии

 

 Le Sel de Svaneti

 Sol Svaneti


Other titles : Djim Chvante
 
Directed by : Mikhail KALATOZOV (Михаил КАЛАТОЗОВ)
Writing credits : Sergey TRETIAKOV (Сергей ТРЕТЬЯКОВ)
Cinematography : Shalva GEGELASHVILY (Шалва ГЕГЕЛАШВИЛИ), Mikhail KALATOZOV (Михаил КАЛАТОЗОВ)
Production : Goskinprom Grouzi
 

Plot synopsis
An ethnographic treasure that documents the harsh conditions of life in the isolated mountain village of Ushkul. As the focus of the film shifts to the Svan's barbaric religious customs the film is transformed into a work of Communist propaganda, holding up these grotesque, near-pagan ceremonies (which many Svanetians later denied as accurate) as an example of religion's corruptive influence.
Source : www.lib.berkeley.edu/
 

Selected in the following festivals :
- St-Petersburg International Film Festival, St Petersburg (Russia), 2012
- Fribourg International Film Festival, Fribourg (Switzerland), 2011
- Une semaine de cinéma caucasien à l'Action Christine, Paris (France), 2010
- Pordenone Silent Film Festival, Pordenone (Italy), 2010
- Douarnenez Film Festival, Douarnenez (France), 2009
- International Film Festival : Pacific Meridians, Vladivostok (Russia), 2009
- International debut film festival, Khanty Mansiysk (Russia), 2004


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