The Color of Pomegranates
A true classic of the cinema of the Caucasus and one of the favourite films of Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky. Sergei Parajanov’s The Colour of Pomegranates is a stunning visual portrait of the 18th-century Armenian poet Harutyun Sayatyan, known as Sayat Nova, ‘Lord of Song’. Parajanov’s poetical visual essay on the role of the artist was banned by the Soviet authorities. Eye screens the restored director’s cut; Eye programmer Leo van Hee provides an introduction to the film.
The film is preceded by the short film (25') Arabesques on the Pirosmani Theme (1985, 35mm), Parajanov’s stylistic finger exercise based on the work of the Georgian painter Niko Pirosmani (1862-1918)