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A Feature film by Bartabas

Produced by mk2

Release in France : 06/03/1996

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Production and distribution (4)

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Foreign production company :

Groupe d'Édition Progress (Le)

French distribution :

MKL Distribution

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After escaping from the gulag on Yakut horses, a shaman and Dimitri the violonist flee through the taiga. Before dying, the shaman tells his companion that the spirits surround him and that they will accompany him during his adventures and encounters on the journey to those vast open spaces where no man can survive alone...


""Shaman" is above all the tale of an inner journey in which we find the themes Bartabas cherishes : drifting and spiritual quest. For although he claims to fear neither God nor man, Bartabas continually strives towards that unreachable star. "I'm a poet who rides horses and I must fell passionate about my work," confides Bartabas. (...) "We've lost our sense of human relationships and our contact with nature. Man is no more important than an animal, a tree, he's simply one part of a whole. That's what I tried to express in "Shaman" by showing a man who owes his survival to horse while conforming scrupulously to the rhythm of nature."(...) Casting aside the usual cinematic constraints, Bartabas used a great deal of improvisation in the movie.(...) "My film was thus enriched by a thousand minor details that I could never have imagined before filming. It was magical !""
(Bartabas, in an interview with Brigitte Baudin, Le Figaro)

Full credits (11)

Executive Producer :

Marin Karmitz

Directors of Photography :

Marie Solovyeva, Mikhail Agranovitch

Press Attachés (film) :

Eva Simonet, Nathalie Gorgon

Production Designer :

Vladimir Kirs

Costume designer :

Violetta Elfimova

Still Photographer :

Antoine Poupel

Screenwriters :

Jean-Louis Gouraud, Bartabas

Sound recordists :

Igor Maiorov, Juri Reinbah

Editors :

Joseph Licidé, Svetlana Ivanova

Music Composer :

Jean-Pierre Drouet

Sound Mixer :

Thierry Lebon

Technical details

Feature film

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Sub-genre :

Psychological drama

Coproducer countries :

Russia, France

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Nationality :

Majority French (Russia, France)

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Runtime :

1 h 35 min

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Audio format :

Dolby A


Festival Selections

Montreal World Film Festival - 1996

Montreal World Film Festival (Canada, 1996)


Out of Competition