The Color of Pomegranates (Sayat Nova)
Dir. Sergei Parajanov. 1969, 79 mins. Restored DCP*. With Sofiko Chiaureli, Melkon Alekyan, Vilen Galstyan. In Armenian, Azerbaijani, and Georgian with English subtitles. “Watching The Color of Pomegranates is like opening a door and walking into another dimension, where time has stopped and beauty has been unleashed,” wrote Martin Scorsese about the brilliant Soviet director Sergei Parajanov’s spellbinding and unique film. “On a very basic level, it’s a biography of the Armenian poet Sayat Nova, but before all else it’s a cinematic experience, and you come away remembering images, repeated expressive movements, costumes, objects, compositions, colors.”
*Please note: The Color of Pomegranates will be presented in the restored DCP (the circulating format made available by the Academy Film Archive), made from the recently restored 35mm print from the Cineteca di Bologna.
Restored by Cineteca di Bologna/L’Immagine Ritrovata laboratory and The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project, in association with the National Cinema Centre of Armenia and Gosfilmfond of Russia. Restoration funded by the Material World Charitable Foundation.