Color of the Pomegranates

Archival Presentations

SIFF Says:

When presenting this film at the Toronto Film Festival, Martin Scorsese called THE COLOR OF POMEGRANATES “unlike anything in cinema history,” and he’s right. Four years after the completion of the film, director Sergei Parajanov was arrested and jailed, and his recently finished movie was hastily re-edited and tragically given a limited release. Now being presented with a new digital restoration by Cineteca di Bologna and The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project, his colorful and utterly avant-garde masterpiece can be seen for the first time as close as possible to the director’s original vision. This transformative and richly emotional film loosely follows the life of Sayat Nova, “King of Song”, an Armenian poet and musician born in the 18th century. Parajanov sets the tone of the film with experimental editing and cinematography, using static shots and jumps cuts and filling the screen with gloriously vibrant folk costumes and set design. Shot in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Kyiv, Parajanov brings multicultural Transcaucasia together in this celebrated and timeless cinematic experience.

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Film Credits
Sergey Parajanov
Sofiko Chiaureli, Melkon Alekian, Vilen Galustian, Giorgi Gegechkori
SIFF 2015