Kino Klassika partners with the Armenian Cinema Centre and filmmaker and programmer Daniel Bird to restore Sergei Parajanov’s documentary film Hakob Hovnatanyan (1967).
Kino Klassika undertakes its first restoration project in partnership with the Armenian Cinema Center and filmmaker and programmer Daniel Bird to restore Parajanov’s documentary film Hakob Hovnatanyan (1967). A distinguished member of the artistic dynasty of Hovnatanyan portrait painters, Hakob was called the Raphael of Tiflis, and as the founder of modern Armenian painting he was a master of portraiture and miniatures. In his short documentary film about the artist, Parajanov brings to dazzling life the artistic culture of Tbilisi in the 19th century.
Sergei Parajanov was a Soviet film director of Armenian descent who made significant 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 (1964), The Legend of Suram Fortress (1985) and Ashik Kerib (1988).