Parajanov’s version of an old Georgian legend about a young man, Zurab, who decides to sacrifice himself in order for a fortress to stand.
Caixa de Catalunya (Best Director) | Catalunian IFF, Spain, 1986
Best Innovative Film | Rotterdam IFF, Netherlands, 1987
Critics Award | Sao Paolo IFF, Brazil, 1987
CAST & CREW
Director of Photography
Dodo Abashidze, Verkio Anjaparidze, Sofiko Tchiaureli, Zurab Kipshidze, Levan Ujaneyshvili, Leila Alibegashvili
(1924, Tbilisi, Georgia - 1990, Yerevan, Armenia). In 1942-43 Sergei Parajanov studied at Tbilisi Institute of Engineers of Transportation Means, in 1943-44 - in Vocal Department of Tbilisi Conservatory. At the same time he was taking dance lessons at the Dance Academy next to the Opera Theatre. In 1945, Parajanov transferred to Moscow State Conservatory named for P. Tchaikovsky (pedagogue Nina Dorliak). In 1951, he graduated from the Directing Department of VGIK (Igor Savchenko's master class, later Alexander Dovzhenko’s). Parajanov worked as a director at Dovzhenko Film Studio, Armenfilm and Kartuli Pilmi. In 1973, he was arrested and convicted on trumped-up charges. Spent four years in a strict regime camp. Has been released from jail in 1978. Official rehabilitation was not followed. After his release he lived in Tbilisi, worked for the Kartuli Pilmi. He is a People's Artist of Ukrainian and Armenia (1990).
Moldavian Tale (1952, short), Andriesh (Co-Dir. Y. Bazelyan, 1954), Dumka (1958, doc.), Natalia Uzhviy (1959, doc.), Golden Hands (1959, doc.), The First Fellow (1959), Ukrainian Rhapsody (1961), A Flower on the Stone (1962), Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (1964), Kyiv Frescoes (1966, unfinished), Hakob Hovnatanyan (1967, doc.), The Color of Pomegranate (1969), Legend on Suram Fortress (Co-Dir. Dodo Abashidze, 1984), Pirosmani (Arabesques on the Pirosmani Themes, 1985), Ashik-Kerib (1988), Confession (1990, unfinished).