Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors
Director: Sergey Parajanov
Cast: Ivan Mykolaichuk, Larisa Kadochnikova, Tatyana Bestayeva, Spartak Bagashvili
Soviet Union, 1964, 92', color
Russian with Turkish subtitles
Parajanov stunned world audiences in 1964 with his Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors, popularly known as the Romeo and Juliet of the Carpathians. The film is set among the Hutsul people of the Western Ukraine, an isolated ethnic group who live in the upper reaches of the mountain range. Their lives take place within a harsh environment and an ornate cultural system little changed since the 18th century. The film was Parajanov's first major work and earned him international acclaim for its rich use of costume and color. It based on the classic book by Ukrainian writer Mykhailo Kotsiubynsky.
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