The Colour of Pomegranates 

THE COLOUR OF POMEGRANATES (Sayat Nova)

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PARAJANOV AT 100

DRAMA | 77 MIN | 1969 | ARMENIA | DIR: SERGEI PARAJANOV | M | ARMENIAN, GEORGIAN, AZERBAIJANI WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

Celebrating 100 years of the legendary Armenian director Sergei Parajanov, The Colour of Pomegranates is considered one of the greatest films of all time and influential in film history.

An unconventional biopic of 18th-century Armenian ashugh (troubadour) Sayat-Nova. The film reveals the life of the poet in chapters more through his poetry and stunning imagery, rather than conventional narration. Charting Sayat Nova’s life as he grows, a humble weaver, he falls in love, becomes a king’s minstrel and cloistered monk before being martyred for his faith by invading Persians. Depicted in a lavish tableaux it exists almost entirely outside of standard storytelling techniques, breaking boundaries of traditional cinema. The Armenian version of this film continues to inspire and influence filmmakers today.

Digitally restored beautifully in 2014 enhancing the immersive experience of imagery and soundtrack.

Content warning: Contains nudity, animal cruelty.

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.

SPECIAL EVENT: PARAJANOV AT 100
Our celebration of 100 years of the ‘maestro’ Sergei Parajanov with a special program that includes a double-feature screening of the acclaimed The Colour of Pomegranates (Sayat Nova) and an insightful documentary Sergei Parajanov: The Rebel. The session includes a Q&A with film historian and expert Vigen Galstyan from Armenia (Sydney only).

Sergei Parajanov (1924–1990) was a visionary Soviet-Armenian artist and filmmaker whose work defied conventional boundaries and transcended cultural norms. Renowned for his unique fusion of visual art and cinema, Parajanov’s practice was a celebration of creativity unencumbered by political or societal constraints.

SPECIAL EVENT
Parajanov at 100

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Sun 18 Aug, 2:00pm - Parajanov at 100
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Sat 7 Sep, 5:00pm - Parajanov at 100