USSR (Georgia), 1930, 55mn 
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
Sites : Page Allociné, page IMDb

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/

Commentaries and bibliography
Les origines du cinéma soviétique : un regard neuf, Myriam TSIKOUNAS, Cerf, 1992

Selected in the following festivals :
- Talents soviétiques - Collection Arkeion, Paris (France), 2019
- 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
- Images Russie 1908-1930 au musée d'Orsay, Paris (France), 2005
- International debut film festival, Khanty Mansiysk (Russia), 2004

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