Sergei Parajanov

Sergei Parajanov at IFFR

Sergei PARAJANOV (1924, Georgia – 1990, Armenia) studied film at the VGIK in Moscow. He made his first film in 1954 (Andriesh). Sayat Nova/The Colour of Pomegranates (1968) is considered his masterpiece. In 1987 his film The Legend of Suram Fortress received the IFFR Rotterdam Award for the Most Innovative Film. Parajanov paid a heavy price for his outspoken criticism of Soviet cinema and the authorities: Soviet movie studios rejected all his projects after The Colour of Pomegranates, and he was sentenced to 5 years in a Ukrainian prison in 1974. A wave of international protests by the likes of Truffaut, Buñuel, Pasolini and Antonioni followed. Parajanov’s art works – assemblages, collages, drawings – were mostly created during his imprisonment. The last feature Parajanov completed was Ashik Kerib (1988), selected by Venice and New York, which won the European Film Academy Award (European Director).


Moldavskaya skazka/A Moldavian Tale (1951), Andriesh (1954), Dumka (1958), Pervyj parem/The First Lad (1958), Natalia Uzhvy (1959), Zolotye ruki/Golden Hands (1960), Ukrainskaya rapsodya/Ukranian Rhapsody (1961), Tsvetok na kamne/Flower on a Stone (1962), Tini zabutikh predkiv/Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (1964), Kiev Frescoes (1966), Hakop hovnatanian (1967, short), Sayat Nova (1968)/The Colour of Pomegranates (1969), Legenda Souramskaj kreposti/The Legend of Suram Fortress (1984), Arabeski na temu piroshmani/Arabesques on the Pirosmani Theme (1986), Ashik kerib/Hoary Legends of the Caucasus (1988)

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Sergei Parajanov at IFFR

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