Mikhail KALATOZOV
Михаил КАЛАТОЗОВ
Mikhaïl KALATOZOV
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
1930: Salt for Svanetia (Mikhail Kalatozov), Natalie RYABCHIKOVA, sensesofcinema.com, 2017
Sel de Svanétie (Le) (DŽIM ŠVANTE) [Référencement du film de Mikhail Kalatozov, 1930, par le site Iconotheque-russe.ehess.fr], Iconothèque russe et soviétique, 2012
Les origines du cinéma soviétique : un regard neuf, Myriam TSIKOUNAS, Cerf, 1992
Из биографии романтической кинопоэтики. Соль Сванетии и советский авангард [A propos du documentaire Le Sel de Svaneti, 1930, de Mikhail Kalotozov], Юрий БОГОМОЛОВ, chapaev.media, Iskusstvo kino, 1981
Киномеханик из Боржоми. О первых немых картинах [Au sujet des premiers films muets de Mikhaïl Kalatozov], Kora TSERETELI, chapaev.media, 1965
 

Selected in the following festivals or events :
- Georgian films on kinoglaz.fr, kinoglaz.fr (France), 2023
- The Golden Age of Soviet Cinema : 1924-1930, kinoglaz.fr (France), 2023
- 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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