Sayat Nova (The Colour of Pomegranates) 1969 Ages 15+

8.00PM Wed 13 Nov 2019 (1hr 18mins)
GOMA | Cinema A | Free

SYNOPSIS

Watching Sergei Parajanov's The Color of Pomegranates, or Sayat Nova, is like opening a door and walking into another dimension, where time has stopped and beauty has been unleashed. On a very basic level, it's a biography of the Armenian poet Sayat Nova, but before all else it's a cinematic experience, and you come away remembering images, repeated expressive movements, costumes, objects, compositions, colours. Martin Scorsese

‘A breathtaking fusion of poetry, ethnography, and cinema, Sergei Parajanov’s masterwork overflows with unforgettable images and sounds. In a series of tableaux that blend the tactile with the abstract, The Color of Pomegranates revives the splendors of Armenian culture through the story of the eighteenth-century troubadour Sayat-Nova, charting his intellectual, artistic, and spiritual growth through iconographic compositions rather than traditional narrative. The film’s tapestry of folklore and metaphor departed from the realism that dominated the Soviet cinema of its era, leading authorities to block its distribution, with rare underground screenings presenting it in a restructured form. This edition features the cut closest to Parajanov’s original vision, in a restoration that brings new life to one of cinema’s most enigmatic meditations on art and beauty.’ Janus Films

Restored in 2014 by Cineteca di Bologna/L’Immagine Ritrovata and The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project, in association with the National Cinema Centre of Armenia and Gosfilmofond of Russia. Restoration funding provided by the Material World Charitable Foundation and The Film Foundation.

CREDITS

35MM, COLOUR, MONO, 78 MINUTES, SOVIET UNION, ARMENIAN/AZERBAIJANI/GEORGIAN (ENGLISH SUBTITLES) / DIRECTOR: SERGEI PARAJANOV / CINEMATOGRAPHER: SUREN SHAKHBAZYAN / EDITOR: SERGEI PARAJANOV, M. PONOMARENKO / PROD CO: ARMENFILM / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: WORLD CINEMA FOUNDATION / SCREENING FORMAT: 4K DCP