Screening: Hakob Hovnatanyan
22 March 2019, 18:00-18:30
Ondaatje Wing Theatre, Floor -2
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Hakob Hovatanyan © The National Cinema Centre of Armenia 1967
Peter Bradshaw, the Guardian’s film critic, introduces this special screening of Sergei Parajanov’s newly restored short documentary film Hakob Hovnatanyan.
The National Cinema Centre of Armenia (Yerevan), in association with Fixafilm (Warsaw/ Los Angeles), with the support of Kino Klassika Foundation (London) present a new restoration of Sergei Parajanov’s Hakob Hovnatanyan (1967). Legendary filmmaker Sergei Parajanov offers an overview of the portrait painting of the ‘Raphael of Tiflis’, Hakob Hovnatanyan. Combining sights and sounds from both Hovnatanyan’s paintings and 19th century Tbilisi, Parajanov’s short documentary can be seen as a stylistic precursor to his masterpiece, The Colour of Pomegranates (1969).
ABOUT SERGEI PARAJANOV: An Armenian born in Tbilisi, Sergei Parajanov (1924 – 1990) made significant contributions to Armenian, Georgian and Ukrainian cinema during the 1960s and 1980s. He invented his own flamboyant cinematic style, which, combined with his controversial lifestyle, led to repeated persecution, imprisonment and banning of his films. Key films include Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (1965), The Colour of Pomegranates, and The Legend of Suram Fortress (1985).
Hakob Hovnatanyan is the first film to be restored under the banner of the Hamo Bek-Nazarov Project, a collaborative programme between the National Cinema Centre of Armenia, Fixafilm and with financial support from Kino Klassika Foundation. The restoration was produced by the writer, filmmaker and programmer Daniel Bird. According to Bird, the project was inspired by a trip to Yerevan’s Matenadaran, repository for the ancient manuscripts that feature in The Colour of Pomegranates: “If Armenian miniatures are being preserved, studied and restored at Matenadaran, we have an opportunity to do the same with great films like Hakob Hovnatanyan,” says Daniel Bird.
Hakob Hovnatanyan, Dir. Sergei Parajanov, Armenia, 1967, 10 mins, Russian with English subtitles.
Part of the programme of events complementing Elizabethan Treasures: Miniatures by Hilliard and Oliver