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The Color of Pomegranates - Sayat Nova (1969)

Sergej Paradschanow, Armenia

An absorbing portrait of the 18th-century Armenian poet Sayat-Nova which is brimming with metaphors and dreams. Parajanov created a melting pot based on the Armenian and Georgian cultural traditions with their rich religious symbolism and the expressive powers of cinema, the modernist folk art of the 20th century. This classic by Parajanov is not a dramatised portrait of the poet Arutyun Sayadyan, better known as Sayat-Nova (the King of Songs’), but an associative portrait full of metaphors and dreams, arabesques and still lifes. It is a film designed like an oriental tapestry: quirky and unpredictable in line and colour, but at the same time expressive of great aesthetic harmony. The Color of Pomegranates is also a statement about the Messianic role of the artist, in this case the filmmaker Parajanov, who regarded this film as his finest.

«This film is poetry in motion, it is upon seeing it I understood that filmmaking is what I myself want to do.»

Teona Mitevska
80 minutes
OV Armenian
German, English
Video Quality
Available in
Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein