Screening of Colour of Pomegranate by Sergei Parajanov
Friday, 28 September 2012, 19:00
Pushkin House, 5A Bloomsbury Square London
Sergei Parajanov is one of the most daring and visionary directors to emerge from the former Soviet Union.
Fellini, Antonioni and Tarkovsky hailed him as a “genius”, “magician” and without doubt “a master”. His unique, explosive cinematic language has no equal in the world of cinema. In spite of his international acclaim, Parajanov was a constant target for the Soviet authorities. No other director suffered as much as Parajanov; he was arrested twice on fabricated charges and as a result he spent five years in hard labour camps. After his release he wasn!t allowed to work for fifteen years. Deprived of the opportunity to make films, he dedicated his life to making collages, drawings and other art forms. Parajanov won countless awards, including the BAFTA for the film Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors.
The great friendship between the two men began in the early 1970s in Kiev – now in the Ukraine. Tarkovsky and Parajanov met just months before the latter was imprisoned. They regarded each other as equals and each got inspiration from the other’s work. When Parajanov was arrested, Tarkovsky along with Liliya Brick, Federico Fellini, Vasily Katanyan, Vasily Shikshin, Yuri Lubimov, Kira Muratova and many others wrote letters to him and to the Soviet authorities asking for his release. Tarkovsky wrote often to Parajanov sometimes sending artistic collages in exchange for the ones Parajanov made for him in prison.