Soviet Georgian classic to return to Cannes Film Festival 55 years after screening

A still from ‘The White Caravan’. The film has been restored by Georgian professionals of the National Archives of Georgia. Photo: National Parliamentary Library of Georgia., 29 Apr 2019 - 17:17, Tbilisi,Georgia

Soviet Georgian feature The White Caravan will return to the big screen at the Cannes Film Festival next month, 55 years after the film was first screened to audiences of the French cinema event.

Directed by Eldar Shengelaia and Tamaz Meliava in 1963, the feature was part of the competition at the following year’s Cannes cinema celebration and will return to the French Riviera with Shengelaia in attendance.

The one-hour, 37-minute feature will be part of the Cannes Classics programme and highlight the work done by Georgian film restoration professionals to preserve the classic and improve its technical condition.

It will be screened alongside a dozen other restored classics created by directors including Oliver Stone, Tao Jin and Jean Renoir between the 1930s-1990s.