Sergei Paradjanov (1924-1990) is one of the 20th century’s greatest masters of the cinema. Legends such as Fellini, Antonioni and Tarkovsky crowned Paradjanov with titles like “genius”, “magician” and “a master”. Paradjanov is one of the most daring and visionary directors to emerge from the former Soviet Union.
His unique, explosive cinematic language has no analogies in the world. In spite of his international acclaim, Paradjanov was a constant target for the Soviet system. No other director suffered such a fate as Paradjanov; he was arrested twice on fabricated charges and as a result he spent five years in hard labour camps. After his release he wasn’t allowed to work for fifteen years. Deprived of the opportunity to make films, he dedicated his life to other forms of art. He is known to have said "My art
Paradjanov won countless awards, including the British Academy Award for his film Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors. He is highly acclaimed worldwide, yet his work remains virtually unknown in the UK. The Paradjanov Festival will be an important event in the cultural scenes of London and Bristol, being the first complete showcase of Paradjanov’s films and art. The film programme will be enriched with a photographic exhibition; a contemporary art installation; a symposium; a workshop for kids and adults; a concert; meetings and talks. The events will take place at the British Film Institute (BFI Southbank), the National Theatre (NT), Ciné Lumière, Pushkin House, St. Yeghiche Armenian Church, Arnolfini (Bristol), The Bristol Gallery and will be introduced by distinguished guests that have had first-hand experience of working with Paradjanov.
The Paradjanov Festival is curated in conjunction with the BFI Southbank.