The Color of Pomegranates

Sergei Parajanov

IndieLisboa 2021 •

Soviet Union, Fiction, 1969, 78′

(In partnership with Lisboa 5L Festival)

Restored in 2014 by Cineteca di Bologna/L’Immagine Ritrovata and The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project, in association with the National Cinema Centre of Armenia and Gosfilmofond of Russia. Restoration funding provided by the Material World Charitable Foundation and The Film Foundation.

A portrait of the Armenian poet and troubadour Sayat-Nova that is presented as a visual poem, composed of tableaux representing his life. An enigmatic meditation on art that was such a departure from the Soviet realism of its era that the authorities prevented its distribution outside Armenia.

[Based on Sayat Nova’s biography and poetry]
Presentation: Elisabete Marques