“Die Farbe des Granatapfels”
a film by Sergei Paradjanov Armenien 1968
35mm PROJECTION by NOMADENKINO
Farbe. 79 Min.
THE COLOR OF POMGRANATES
Sergej Paradjanov's sublime mosaic on the life, art and spiritual odyssey of the 18th century Armenian poet, Sayat Nova. The film is a collection of images and tableaux that interweave landscapes, villages, costumes, props and music to form a metaphorical history of the Armenian nation. It was banned in Russia for its religious sentiment and nonconformity to socialist realism. Paradjanov, a tirelessly out spoken campaigner for human rights, was convicted on a number of trumped up charges (and, tacitly, his homosexuality) and sentenced to five years of hard labor in a gulag. A wave of protest from the international film community led to his release in 1978.