Sergei Parajanov’s celebrated masterpiece paints an astonishing portrait of the 18th century Armenian poet Sayat Nova, the ‘King of Song’. Parajanov’s aim was not a conventional biography but a cinematic expression of his work, resulting in an extraordinary visual poem. Key moments in his subject’s life are illustrated through a series of exquisitely orchestrated tableaux filled with rich colour and stunning iconography, each scene a celluloid painting alive with stylised movement.
One of cinema’s most revered and beautiful films, now presented in a stunning new restoration by Martin Scorsese’s The Film Foundation.
SPECIAL LIMITED EDITION FEATURES:
Martin Scorsese’s The Film Foundation restoration of the the Armenian version (‘The Parajanov Cut’)
The Russian version (‘The Yutkevich Cut’) prepared using The Film Foundation’s restored material
Optional annotated commentary on the ‘Armenian Cut’ by James Steffen, author of ‘The Cinema of Sergei Parajanov’ and advisor on the new restoration
Optional audio commentary on the ‘Yutkevich Cut’ by Levon Abrahamyan
New 2K restoration of Sergei Parajanov’s short film ‘Kiev Frescoes’ with optional annotated commentary by Daniel Bird
‘Poetry, Pomegranates and Parajanov: A new appreciation’ by Daniel Bird
‘Pomegranates Rediscovered’: Cecilia Cenciarelli of Bologna Cineteca on the multi-national effort to save ‘The Colour of Pomegranates’
‘Free Parajanov!’ Tony Rayns on the campaign to free Parajanov
The World is a Window: The Making of the Colour of Pomegranates’
Memories About Sayat Nova: Levon Grigoryan’s 2006 documentary featuring extracts from the rushes
Parajanov: A Requiem
112 page limited edition book featuring Martin Scorsese introduction, archive material, new writings, costume designs and storyboards