Posted 09 October 2000 - 03:44 PM
16 mm, BETA SP, 60 min, color. Script Direction Editing, Art Direction by Don Askarian. Produced by Don Film In Co-Production with Margarita Woskanian and ZDF-ARTE, 1998.
Language: Russian with English and German subtitles. © by Don Askarian.
Year 1989. Rotterdam Film Festival. Farewell at hotel "Hilton". And he speaks: «Help to shoot "Confession"». In reply: «The child of two fathers, will be born bastard». Actually I wanted to say: «This lustfull, voraciouse, scruffy lady, whose name is cinema, needs to be ****ed as to... And only loners - they were less than fingers on one hand - only those who work in deep, infinite loneliness...». Afterwards, he was dying long in Armenia - asking all the time to visit him, and I was shooting "Avetik" all the time. At last, I came. He pretended he was already dead. Then I pulled out of my pocket a cloth bought in Goa from gipsy woman (all winds of the Indian ocean unable to overcome the strong smell of her genitals), and unfold it. There was a lion watching TV, there was an elephant twisting pedals... he opened his eyes a little to look at the woman's ring, who had come with me - the diamonds and sapphire were original. Amazed Sergey even half rose - and the bitch-death left us alone for a couple of hours... Then he died and there was semi-official filthy - crowd of jackals were fighting for percents from his glory... l've told myself: «After, after when a corpse will divide and carry away... ». And here the film is ready. I know, it is close to your heart, and sorry, that I'll show it to others ...
Quotation from the film.
Parajanov: - Well, we had tubs hanging in our toilet, and I liked it when they resonated. I sat in the toilet, sat there long and was singing arias. Then, it turned out that I have ballet capabilities and was given to the ballet studio. Then father who had come to the graduation, shouted that he does not want to have a federast son, as he said, but wants me to dance Asian dances. But I was not good at this - Asian dances, but, rather Saint-Sence, "The Dying Swan". And if now, at per 64, I am checking whether I can sound high notes, I do this in the toilet again where the same tubs are hanging - since tubs, for some reason, do not age or wear out but live as resonators of my fate.
Posted 12 January 2001 - 03:11 AM
Posted 24 January 2001 - 01:52 PM
YEREVAN, JANUARY 18, ARMENPRESS: Three books about the world famous film director Sergey Parajanov will be published this year. According to the director of Parajanov's home museum in Yerevan Zaven Sargissian, the books will include new facts about the life and activity of Parajanov.
From 1945 to 1952 Parajanov was studying at the Moscow institute of Cinematography, and afterwards he was assigned to a job in Kiev, at the Dovzbenko film studio. In 1964 he directed "The Shadows of our Ancestors", which at once made him one of the best directors of the world. The next movie, 'The Color of Pomegranates", directed at "Armenfilm", studio in 1969, had brought him the world fame. At that time, as well as during the following years, he wrote a few interesting screenplays, none of which were realized: they all were rejected by the party and government authorities.
The Soviet system dialed cruelly with the director, and for 15 years he had been dismissed from the movies, in 1973 he was illegally arrested and sentenced for 5 years of imprisonment into a strict regime prison, by faked-up incrimination. He made a lot of interesting works in jail. As a result of the famous cultural workers' protests, Parajanov was discharged in 1977. Back in Tbilisi, he was left jobless. During those years he wrote screenplays and was busy with plastic art. In 1982 he was sent to Tbilisi prison without a trial, where he spent 11 months.
With the start of perestroika, the attitude towards Parajanov had changed. In 1984 he directed "The legend of Suram Fortress" at "Gruzia-film", and in 1988 - "Ashik- Kerib" In 1989 he started the autobiographical Movie "Confession" at "Armenfilm", but hardly being started shot, it was interrupted by the director's processing disease. At that time, according to French Government's decision, Parajanov was taken to Paris for treatment. Unfortunately, the disease was incurable, in July, 1990 Parajanov died in Yerevan and was buried at the Pantheon of Armenian capital.
Parajanov's contribution into world cinema is, first of all, his created unique new movie language, his poetic movies, which was highly appreciated at the international film festivals in Mar Del Plata (1964), Tel Aviv, Munich, Istanbul, Moscow, etc. All his movies gained more than 30 prizes. The director's plastic art had become a new brink of his creative work. In numerous collages, dolls, drawings, created by him, there are seen echoes of various cultures of east and west. And first off all, Armenian's culture and art. In 1991 the museum of Parajanov was established in Yerevan, where more than 600 works are delayed and stored.
Since then, more than 20 successful exhibitions have been held outside Armenia: in Vienna, Munich, Lodz, Moscow, Kiev, Cannes Tokyo, Rome, etc. Parajanov's movies have been highly appreciated by the prominent world movie directors like Fellini, Antonioni, as well as by film critics and cinematologists. Parajanov's name has taken a place among the most outstanding directors of the XX century.
Armenian film library intended to publish the work 'Sergey Parajanov's letters to his friends' still several years ago. A small sum of money was allocated for it from the anniversary events, devoted to his 75th anniversary, which was not enough to cover the publishing expenses. About $3,000 was allocated by 'SOROS' fund and during the upcoming 10 days the book will be published.
The letters, which Parajanov wrote to his friends and relatives from prison, are included in the book. Parajanov's wife and the staff of his home museum have contributed to the publishing works.
The next book is film director Vasily Katanian's memoirs about Parajanov, which was published twice in Moscow. Now it will be published in one of the publishing houses of Russia's Nizhni Novgorod.
The third book, which will be published in St. Petersburg, will include the scripts by Parajanov and some letters sent to him. The initiator of this volume is a film director Kora Tsereteli.
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