Born on the 9th of January 1924, this true poet of cinema continues to astound with his revolutionary visual language. A stylized and dreamlike portrayal of the life and poetry of Armenian troubadour Sayat Nova, Parajanov’s masterpiece is imbued with rich iconography and unforgettable music. Sofiko Chiaureli gives a stellar performance in both the male and female roles of the film, playing not only Princess Anna but Sayat Nova himself. This is a biographical portrait which replaces a narrative framework with enchanting and mysterious imagery, and remains a deeply spiritual testament to Parajanov’s fascination with creativity, sexuality and Armenian culture. An enduring gem of world cinema – not to be missed!
Please note the screening link will be available from 12 noon Tues 5 January to 12 noon Tues 12 January 2020.
Sergei Parajanov was a Soviet film director of Armenian descent who made contributions to Georgian, Armenian, and Ukrainian cinema. He invented his own flamboyant cinematic style, which, combined with his controversial lifestyle, led to repeated persecution, imprisonment and banning of his films. Notable works include: The Colour of Pomegranates (1969), Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (1965), The Legend of Suram Fortress (1985) and Ashik Kerib (1988).
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