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January, 9 marks 95th birthday of prominent filmmaker Sergei Paradjanov

Author : News Agency 112 International

"Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors", the film adaptation of the book of Ukrainian writer Mykhailo Kotsiubynsky is the well-known Ukraine's cinema classic
14:14, 9 January 2019

Ukrainian film director of Georgian descent Sergei Paradjanov
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Famous filmmaker Sergei Paradjanov was born on January 9 in Georgia. In an interview in 1988 he said he had three Motherlands: “I was born in Georgia, worked in Ukraine and I'm going to die in Armenia."

Two of his films have been included in the list of films to be viewed by students enrolled in Harvard University’s cinema studies program. These are ‘Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (Тіні забутих предків in Ukrainian’, which is considered a masterpiece of Ukrainian poetic cinema, and "The color of pomegranate."

"Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors" is a Ukrainian film, created in Kyiv, at the Studio of feature films named after Alexandr Dovzhenko. The film won 39 international awards, 28 awards at film festivals in 21 countries.

Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors, film
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The movie "The color of pomegranate" refers to the life of Armenian poet Sayat Nova. The film was shot in the studio "Armenfilm."

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You can not call yourself a movie expert without having seen "Shadows of Forgetten Ancestors" , the movie admired by Martin Scorsese and Federico Fellini.

The information about the film on the website of Harward University says the following:

"Parajanov, the Georgian-born, ethnically Armenian filmmaker who shot film in the Ukraine, created extremely decorative, suspiciously queer, robustly mythic films so out of sync with Soviet realism that he found himself the target of almost-constant state persecution, resulting in frequent imprisonments and long periods of enforced inactivity. Nonetheless, he got enough pictures out against all this resistance to ensure a place for himself among the all-time great visionaries of cinema. This legendary tale of Carpathian romance and violent family feuds, shot using some strange, pulsing Soviet color stock with extremely unstable emulsions, feels like a story told in a passing parade of peeling gilt icons, but it’s so musically driven one also feels the whole thing to be an ancient song, or epic poem, intoned across countless Ukrainian Hutsul generations clinging to their fierce mountain lives. So much mad, unsanctioned energy in this film—enough to knit Leonid Brezhnev’s eyebrows into a tapestry!"

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