Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (1965)  by Sergei Parajanov

Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (1965)
by Sergei Parajanov

Sergei Parajanov, the undisputed master of poetic cinema, paints an astonishing portrait of life for the Hutsul people in Western Ukraine. It is a culture that remains close to nature in its beauty, traditions and even its cruelty. the lives of the Hutsul are deeply entwined: generations of feuds, curses and obligation and inherited with each new birth. Through the tragic tale of Ivan and Marichka, Parajanov details the language, traditions and dress of the Hutsul in a timeless meditation on love and loss.
Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors is a film that shows rather than tells. Unforgettable for its subject matter and aesthetics; the dialogue is minimal and the visual style bursts with what would become Parajanov’s signature use of colour, dramatic camera work and rich symbolism. it was the film that launch Parajanov’s filmmaking career on the world stage and is now regarded as one of the great works of the 20th century. 

Please note the screening link will be available from 12 noon Tues 17 November to 12 noon Tues 24 November 2020. 

Sergei Parajanov

Sergei Parajanov


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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