Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors

  • Dir: Sergei Parajanov

  • Soviet Union, 1964, 99 minmins, DCP

  • Cast: Ivan Mykolaichuk, Larysa Kadochnikova, Tatyana Bestaeva

Sergei Parajanov’s first film after his artistic awakening is a love story set in the Carpathian mountain range of Ukraine, among the Hutsul ethnic minority. Despite the feud between their families, Ivan and Marichka have been inseparable since childhood. But when tragedy strikes, the grief is so great that it destroys multiple lives. This magical realism-infused romance is more narrative-driven than the filmmaker’s later works, but it includes many of his signature motifs, including his passion for ethnography, audacious camera work, heavy use of symbols and bold use of colors.

A copy of the film was provided by Dovzhenko Centre, the largest film archive in Ukraine.


    In-theatre Screening

    • Buy Tickets2020-02-01 (Sat)
      Door Tickets Available at the Venue on Screening Date2020-02-15 (Sat)


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