Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors
Ukraine. Dir. Sergei Paradjanov. 1964, 98 mins. 35mm. 50th anniversary screening! With Ivan Mikolajchuk, Larysa Kadochnikova. Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors is a boldly conceived and astonishingly photographed blend of enchanting mythology, hypnotic religious iconography, and pagan magic. Deep in the Carpathian Mountains of nineteenth-century Ukraine, love, hate, life, and death among the Hutsul people are as they have been since time began. While young Ivan’s mother mourns her husband’s brutal murder, Ivan is irresistibly drawn to Marichka, the beautiful young daughter of the man who killed his father. But fate tragically decrees that the two lovers will remain apart. Unhappily married to another woman and cursed by a sorcerer, Ivan’s obsession with his lost love lures him ever closer to the edge. In regional Hutsul dialect with English subtitles.
Preceded by Carpathian Rap. Ukraine. Dir. Sashko Danylenko. 2011, 5 mins. This animated music video for the Ukrainian “ethnic chaos” band Dakha Brakha was created at the Kiev Center of Contemporary Art.
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