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Discovering Georgian Cinema

Discovering Georgian Cinema

Sunday, March 1, 2015
3:00 p.m. Shadows of Our Forgotten Ancestors
Sergei Paradjanov (USSR, 1964)

(Tini zabutikh predkiv). With this gorgeous picture set among a small Ukrainian sect, Sergei Paradjanov “was the first to indicate the degree to which folklore and local artistic tradition could once again become a source of visual wealth in Soviet national cinema. In the beautiful but fierce Carpathian mountains, an environment of overwhelming Christianpagan rituals, demonology, and constant struggle with overpowering elements, a story of love unfolds. Adopting the great master Dovzhenko’s use of symbolism and metaphor, and his lyric photography, Paradjanov adds a dynamically active camera suited to the requirements of his energetic and temperamental character” (Yvette Biro).

• Written by Ivan Chendei, Paradjanov, based on the novel Wild Horses of Fire by M. Kotsiubinsky and on Western Ukrainian folklore. Photographed by Yuri Ilyenko. With Ivan Nikolaichuk, Larisa Kadochnikova, Tatiana Bestaeva, Spartak Bagashvili. (92 mins, English subtitles, Color, 35mm, BAM/PFA Collection, permission Kino Lorber)