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Small Hutsul village in the Carpathian mountains. Here, among wonderful nature, arises a tragic love story of Ivan and Marichka, separated by a blood-feud between their families.

Wednesday / 27.04.2016 / 20:00

New Horizons Art House Cinema, 19a-21 Kazimierza Wielkiego St

Admission is free

Ukraine (USSR), 1964, 96 min.
Directed by Sergei Parajanov
Screenplay by Ivan Chendej, Sergei Parajanov
Dir. photography: Yuri Ilyenko, Viktor Bestayev
Music by Myroslav Skoryk
Cast: Ivan Mykolajchuk, Larisa Kadochnikova, Tatyana Bestayeva, Igor Dzyura, Spartak Bagashvili, Mykola Hrynko
Production: Dovzhenko Film Studios
Awards: The film has won almost every award insight on the 1964 film festival circuit. Grand Prix at Mar del Plata International Film Festival (1965). Overall, the film has won 39 international awards, 28 prizes at film festivals (among them - 24 Grand Prix) in twenty one country.

Small Hutsul village in the Carpathian mountains. Here, among wonderful nature, arises a tragic love story of Ivan and Marichka, separated by a blood-feud between their families. It seems no one of fellow-villagers remembers the reason of enmity between the two families. In a fit of anger Ivan's father was killed by Marichka's father, initiating an insurmountable feud between the two families. And what about children?.. Since childhood their love is growing, no matter why. But Marichka’s question ‘Shall we be a couple?’ is answered by life mercilessly ...

The magazine EKRAN (Poland, 1966) published the review: “It’s one of the most outlandish and most refined film we’ve seen in recent years. Poetic story on the brink of reality and fairy tale, reality and imagination, authenticity and fantasy... Parajanov's imagination seems to have no limits. Red tree branches, geometric composition inside the tavern with a few props on a background of white walls, Palagna riding under the red umbrella and half-dressed legs, rude funeral ritual with washing of the dead body, and the scene of orgiastic entertainments in the finale... In folklore and traditions Parajanov reveals the unique cultural ritual, within which reality responds to care and tragedy of a person."

Sergei Paradjanov, Armenian and Ukrainian film director, People's Artist of the USSR who considerably contributed to Ukrainian, Armenian and Georgian cinema (born in 1924, Tbilisi, Georgia). Through 1965-1968 Paradjanov together with other famous figures of Ukrainian science and culture protested against mass political arrests in Ukraine. Having suffered persecution and trying to avoid arrest, he was forced to leave to Armenia. In 1971 he returned to Kyiv. On 17 March 1973 he was arrested and sentenced to five years in a hard-labor camp. Only due to the international campaign of protest (appeal was signed by Francois Truffaut, Jean Luc Godard, Federico Fellini, Luchino Visconti, Roberto Rossellini, Michelangelo Antonioni, Francoise Sagan, Andrey Tarkovsky) Sergei Paradjanov was released on December 30, 1977. Because of the prohibition to live in Ukraine, Parajanov moved to Tbilisi, where he wrote screenplays and created his art. But he was not allowed to make films. In 1982, he was arrested again and put into prison where he spent eleven months waiting for the trial. He was found not guilty and released. Parajanov died on 20 July 1990, and was buried in the Pantheon of Yerevan (Armenia)

Filmography (selected):
Ukrainian Rhapsody (1961)
Flower on the Stone (1962)
Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (1964)
Kyiv Frescoes (1966)
The Color of Pomegranates (1969)
The Legend of Suram Fortress (1984)
Arabesques on the Pirosmani Theme (1986)
Ashik Kerib (1988)

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