A woman and a man in traditional Ukrainian clothes blindfolded and carrying a wooden contraption on their shoulders.
A woman and a man in traditional Ukrainian clothes blindfolded and carrying a wooden contraption on their shoulders.
Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (1965) Tim Zanios

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Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors

Sergei Parajanov | Soviet Union | 1965 | Unclassified (15+)

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Wed 20 Jul 2022

In an isolated Hutsul community in the Carpathian Mountains circa the 1860s, a peasant falls in love with the daughter of the man responsible for his father’s death. Inspired by the early work of Andrei Tarkovsky and based on the novel by celebrated Ukrainian writer Mykhailo Kotsiubynsky, Armenian writer-director Parajanov revealed his remarkable talent for lyricism, ornamentation and breathtaking visual composition. A major influence on modern Iranian cinema, and widely considered one of the greatest of all Ukrainian films, Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors blazed the path for Parajanov’s following masterwork, The Colour of Pomegranates.

Format: 35mm, Colour
Language: Ukrainian with English Subtitles
Source: Tim Zanios
Courtesy: Dovzhenko Centre
Runtime: 99 mins

Event duration

99 mins


Unclassified (15+)


Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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2022 marks the centenary of Ukrainian feature filmmaking. This season assembles six masterworks of Ukrainian cinema, all canonised by the Dovzhenko Centre (the Ukrainian national film archive in Kyiv) and includes three landmark titles from the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic era (1922–91) – all of which were at ideological odds with the official doctrines of their times – and three from the 21st century...

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