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A Feature film by Bartabas

Produced by mk2 films

Release in France : 06/03/1996


    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...

    Actors (4)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    mk2 films

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    mk2 films

    Foreign production company :

    Groupe d'Édition Progress (Le)

    French distribution :

    MKL Distribution

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    ""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 :

    Minority French (Russia, France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 35 min

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    Dolby A


    Festival Selections

    Montreal World Film Festival - 1996

    Montreal World Film Festival (Canada, 1996)


    Out of Competition