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Film: Parajanov-The Last Spring & The Color of Pomegranates

April 19 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

$5 – $10

Introduction from Jillian Borders, Head of Preservation, UCLA Film & Television Archive.
Q&A between the films with Martiros M. Vartanov of the Parajanov-Vartanov Institute, moderated by Adam Piron.

“Whoever tries to imitate me is lost.” – Sergei Parajanov (1924–1990)

Considered one of the most influential and important filmmakers of the 20th century, Armenian filmmaker and poet Sergei Parajanov established himself as a paragon of visionary purity, innovation, and self-expression. Parajanov was first trained at the Moscow-based Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography (VGIK), where he developed a unique sensibility that would with time evolve beyond the socialist realist filmmaking style sanctioned by Soviet leadership. One of the many boundary-pushing, politically minded artists who would see their work censored during their lifetime, Parajanov was sentenced to hard labor in a Ukrainian prison for his outspoken disavowal of Soviet policy; there, he continued his visual artmaking practice through drawings and evocative collages. Remembered today as a thoughtful creator of ornate tableaux and a “cinematic magician” (Artland Magazine), Parajanov’s beloved film, The Color of Pomegranates, as well as the restoration world premiere of Mikhail Vartanov’s poetic documentary, Parajanov: The Last Spring, will screen on the occasion of the centennial of Parajanov’s birth.

Parajanov: The Last Spring in 4K
DIRECTED BY: Mikhail Vartanov. WRITTEN BY: Martiros Vartaniants, Mikhail Vartanov. WITH: Sergei Parajanov, Mikhail Vartanov, Aleksandr Kaydanovskiy, Leila Alibegashvilli. 1992. 60 min. Armenia/USA. Color. Russian, Armenian, Ukranian, Georgian, English. 4K DCP.

The Color of Pomegranates (Նռանգույնը)
DIRECTED/WRITTEN BY: Sergei Parajanov. WITH: Sofiko Chiaureli, Melkon Alekyan, Vilen Galstyan, Giorgi Gegechkori. 1969. 78 min. Soviet Union. Color. Armenian, Azerbaijani, Georgian. DCP.

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