The Legend of Suram Fortress

  • Dir: Sergei Parajanov

  • Soviet Union, 1985, 84 minmins, DCP

  • Cast: Veriko Andjaparidze, Tamari Tsitsishvili, Dudukhana Tserodze

After over a decade of being plagued by legal troubles, Parajanov finally returned to filmmaking in 1985 with this film. A retelling of a Georgian folktale, the film follows a freed peasant and a fortune teller who would become key to saving their nation. Imbued with visuals inspired by traditional Georgian culture shown in carefully composed painting-like frames, this mystical fantasy is another fascinating, fiercely original work that breaks genre borders. Screening with Hakob Hovnatanyan (1967, 11min), a shortform poetic documentary on portraits by the influential Armenian painter.

Rotterdam International Film Festival: Best Innovative Film

2/2 (SUN): Seminar* with Bryan Chang and Geoffrey Wong. Conducted in Cantonese. Free Admission.

Press here for more details on Programme Update for Cine Fan Screenings on 22 & 23 February.



In-theatre Screening


1. Unless otherwise stated, all films (except English-speaking films) are subtitled in English.

2. For screenings at ALL commercial cinemas, tickets are available at URBTIX till 5:00pm one day before respective screenings. After that, tickets will be available only at the box office of the screening venue on the day of screening, subject to availability.

3. Screenings at HK Arts Centre, HK Film Archive and Tai Kwun: For screenings that are about to start in 1 hour, all remaining tickets can only be bought at the box offices of the respective screening venues.

4. Screenings at HK Science Museum: There is no URBTIX Outlet at the venue. Tickets are available at URBTIX till 1 hour prior to the respective screenings. Door ticket counter opens 30 minutes before the screening. Limited tickets to non-sold out screenings will be available at the door, subject to availability (Cash Only).

5. Screenings at M+ Cinema: No tickets will be sold at the door. Tickets are available at URBTIX website, mobile app and outlets only. Ticketing services for respective screening will not be available after the screening begins.

6. While it is the HKIFFS’s policy to secure the best possible print of the original version for all its screenings, the HKIFFS appreciates its patrons’ understanding on occasions when less than perfect screening copies are screened.