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Great director Sergei Parajanov would turn 94 today
09 January, 2018
January 9 marks the 94th birthday of Sergei Parajanov, iconic film director and artist of Armenian descent. who was born in Georgia. He is notable for his significant contributions to Georgian, Ukrainian and Armenian cinema.

He invented his own cinematic style, which was totally out of step with the guiding principles of socialist realism (the only sanctioned art style in the USSR). This, combined with his controversial lifestyle and behaviour, led Soviet authorities to imprison him and suppress his films.

Parajanov shot several films in Georgia, among them The Legend of the Suram Fortress and Ashik Kerib. Parajanov is also famous for directing The Color of Pomegranates where celebrated Georgian actress Sopiko Chiaureli starred.

The Legend of the Suram Fortress was the result of collaboration with outstanding Georgian actor Dodo Abashidze. The film abounds in surreal power. The story is a retelling of a well-known Georgian folk-tale brought into written literature by the 19th-century writer Daniel Chonkadze. The plot is as follows: a young boy has to be immured into the walls of a fortress in order to stop it from crumbling to pieces. Famous Georgian actress Veriko Anjaparidze and her daughter Sofiko Chiaureli starred in the movie too. Ashik Kerib (The Strange Lover) was shot in 1988 by Sergei Parajanov and Dodo Abashidze. The film is based on the short story of the same name by Mikhail Lermontov. It was Parajanov's last completed film and was dedicated to his close friend Andrei Tarkovsky, who had died two years previously. The Ashik Kerib wants to marry his beloved, but her father opposes because Kerib is poor. She has to wait for him for a thousand days and nights until he comes back with enough money to impress her father. With the help of a saint horseman, he returns to his beloved on the 1001st day and they are allowed to marry.


Parajanov was highly respected by Georgian society. He was a friend of Eldar Shengelaia, a prominent Georgian film director and screenwriter.


Parajanovwas arrested in 1973 on charges of rape, homosexuality and bribery. He was imprisoned until 1977. Even after his release he was a persona non grata in Soviet cinema. In the mid-1980s the political climate started to relax and he could resume directing.


His health seriously weakened by four years in labor camps and nine months in prison in Tbilisi. Parajanov died of lung cancer in 1990, at a time when, after almost 20 years of suppression, his films were being featured at foreign film festivals.


Sergei Parajanov is buried at Komitas Pantheon which is located in the city center of Yerevan.


The photo depicts Sergei Parajanov with his friend Eldar Shengelaia

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