Russian and East European Studies – MovieClub@UoM
Thursday, 23 January 2020, 18:00
Graduate School Conference Room C1.18,
Ellen Wilkinson Building
The University of Manchester
Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL
All are welcome
On the 23 January we will be watching The Colour of Pomegranates (Tsvet granata), a 1969 Soviet art film directed by Sergei Parajanov, with English subtitles. The screening will be followed by a wine reception and discussion club.
Plot: “A super-stylized, surreal biography of Armenian troubadour Sayat-Nova, whose life is depicted through non-narrative amalgamations of poetic images.” (https://www.imdb.com) Sayat-Nova (14 June 1712 – 22 September 1795) was an Armenian poet and musician, who wrote poetry in Armenian, Azerbaijani, and Georgian.
Runtime: 70 min. (film) + 76 min. (documentary about the film by writer and filmmaker Daniel Bird)
- see a film of “a stunningly perfect beauty” by “one of the best film directors in the world”, according to Michelangelo Antonioni.
- immerse yourself into a quasi-medieval art civilization created by the avant-garde director Sergei Parajanov.
- be surprised by actress Sofiko Chiaureli who plays six roles in the film, both male and female.
- see a film, which ranked 84th in Sight & Sound critics’ poll of the world’s greatest films (2012) and was called one of the greatest films by Time Out.