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Discovering Georgian Cinema

Discovering Georgian Cinema

Sunday, March 8, 2015
3:00 p.m. Arabesque on the Pirosmani Theme & Sergei Paradjanov: The Rebel
Sergei Paradjanov (USSR, 1985) 

New 35mm Print!

(Arabeskebi Pirosmanis temaze). A poetic meditation on the work of the Georgian painter Niko Pirosmani (1862–1918). Shown in a 35mm print that we have recently acquired for the BAM/PFA collection.

• Written by Kora Tsereteli. Photographed by N. Paliashvily. (25 mins, In Georgian, Russian, and English, Color, 35mm, BAM/PFA Collection)

Followed by:
Sergei Paradjanov: The Rebel
Patrick Cazals (France, 2003)

A portrait of Sergei Paradjanov as a filmmaker, designer, and collage artist, made at the time when he was shooting his last film, Ashik Kerib. Filmed in Tbilisi, Yerevan, and Paris, this documentary includes archival footage and interviews reflecting upon the artist’s pluralistic view of the Caucasian people and their cultural traditions. Cazals also considers Paradjanov’s successive terms of imprisonment by the Soviet government and the artist’s strength of spirit.

Photographed by Jacques Malnou, Philippe Dorison. (52 mins, In Georgian and French with English subtitles, Color, DigiBeta PAL, From Les Films du Horla)

Total running time: 77 mins