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Discovering Georgian Cinema

Discovering Georgian Cinema

Wednesday, March 4, 2015
7:30 p.m. The Color of Pomegranates
Sergei Paradjanov (USSR, 1969) 

4K Digital Restoration!
Introduction / Harsha Ram


Harsha Ram is an associate professor of Slavic languages and literatures and comparative literature at UC Berkeley and author of City of Crossroads: Tiflis Modernism and the Russian-Georgian Encounter (forthcoming).

(Sayat Nova, aka Red Pomegranates). Sergei Paradjanov’s paean to his Armenian heritage is an exotic mosaic of the mystical and historical that achieves a surreal effect. In tracing the life of the great eighteenth-century Armenian poet and monk Sayat Nova through his writings, Paradjanov weaves a metaphorical short history of the Armenian nation, telling of Turkish genocide, Persian invasions, and a vast migration to the Russian section in the early twentieth century, all through daringly symbolic imagery. Beyond this the film is an extraordinary artistic rendering of ceremony and ritual, architecture, iconography, and color symbology that, even for the uninitiated, works its extraordinary magic.


• Written by Paradjanov, based on the writings of Sayat Nova. Photographed by Souren Chabazian, Martyn Chabazian. With Sofiko Chiaureli, Melkon Alekian, Vilen Galestian. (75 mins, In Armenian with English subtitles, Color, 4K DCP, From Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna and The Film Foundation World Cinema Project)