PARAJANOV: THE LAST SPRING


Title   Cast   Director   Year Shown  Other Info    Country  Notes 


Parajanov: Poslechnya Vesna

Armenia, 1993, 55 min

Shown in 1995

CREDITS

dir
Mikhail Vartanov
prod
Mikhail Vartanov
scr
Mikhail Vartanov, Martizos Vartaniants
cam
Mikhail Vartanov, Haie Kirakossian
editor
S. Manoutcharian, G. Amalbashian

OTHER

source
VARDA-NOVA
gga award
Best Artist Profile, Film & Video: Short Documentary
premiere
U.S. Premiere

This personal, moving documentary covers the last days of Armenian filmmaker Sergei Parajanov. Born in Tblisi, he studied film in Moscow with Dovzhenko. He directed 11 films, including Shadows of Our Forgotten Ancestors (SFIFF 1965) and Ashik Kerib (SFIFF 1989) and spent five years in a labor camp for homosexuality. Haunting images of his last days, including an extraordinary sequence dramatizing a Georgian funeral, flow smoothly into clips from his films, punctuated by the torture of a damned soul. As his former student, Vartanov’s personal connection to the artist brings us to grips with him in a way that abandons information in favor of sensation and intensity, drawing us into a world where myth meets history, and Parajanov becomes an allegory for creativity, passion and freedom. Parajanov died in 1990, a great loss for world cinema.

—Olga Andreyev Carlisle