SALT WHITE

By Keti MACHAVARIANI

GEORGIAN NATIONAL FILM CENTER - as FIN

Drama - Post-Production 2011

Georgia, beginning of the 21st century, Only child could open the dark and foggy world of adults and brought there rays of hope.

Festivals
& Awards

Karlovy Vary IFF 2011
East of the West - Competition
    • Year of production
    • 2011
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • GEORGIA
    • Languages
    • GEORGIAN
    • Budget
    • 0.3 - 0.6 M$
    • Duration
    • 80 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Keti MACHAVARIANI
    • Writer(s)
    • Keti MACHAVARIANI
    • Producer(s)
    • George SHEVLIDZE (Jaga Grip), Gia BAZGADZE (Jaga Grip), Levan KORNTELI (Independent Film Project)
    • Synopsis
    • Post-Soviet Georgia in the beginning of the 21st century. Storylines of three heroes intersect on the background of hard social life. Nana, 35, a single woman works as a seasonal worker on summer resort of Black Sea coast. Daytime she works as a waitress at a highway canteen, providing service mainly to the long distance truck drivers. Evenings she does the same for tourists at a seaside bungalow. The morning sun finds her lying exhausted on the beach. Nana saves her income dreaming to purchase a small café in her hometown. She occasionally meets with Niko. They hardly speak, and their relationship doesn’t go beyond brief sex in a car. Nevertheless, Nino throws stealthy glance at the highway in expectation of Niko’s police patrol car. Niko is a refugee from Abkhazia. Nights after hard work he stays at police barracks. Niko brings his income to his parents, who live at a hotel with others refugees. Old father is looking after the amnesic mother, who isn’t able to recognize even her own son.
      Sopho, 15, is a member of a stray children group. She earns her daily bread by wiping windows of cars stopped by traffic lights. She spends her income at nights in the abovementioned bungalow. Occasionally, she joins her stray friends at the beach to sniff glue (the cheapest drug).
      Once, at a sunrise Sopho meets Nana lying exhausted on a beach and asks for a cigarette. Their relationship continues also in the bungalow, where Nana notices Sopho dancing desperately. Sopho tells Nana about her dream, revealing her a shabby photo of totally white salty picturesque seacoast . Sopho lives without ID, and Nana helps her in getting one. One day, during Niko’s shift he catches group of youngsters. Sopho escapes and finds shelter at Nana’s place. Sopho hides in a bus trunk and in that way she joins a dance group going on tour by the bus. Niko is transferred to Eastern Georgia. He leaves Nana without any comments or explanations. After this he goes to hotel to his parents, puts money on the table and leaves the room without waking up his sleeping mother.
      All alone, Nana continues to work as usual. She often gazes at Sopho’s present, an old photo of white sea cost hanging on the wall, finding recluse from the dormitory mess and noise.
      Finally, Nana takes the photo from the wall, packs her luggage and takes a bus to Salt White country .
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