Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (Sergei Parajanov | Ukraine, 1965 | 97 minutes | Rated 12)
Sergei Parajanov | Ukraine, 1965 | 97 minutes | Rated 12
Sergei Parajanov’s ‘Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors’ is a one-of-a-kind cinematic folk rhapsody, a dizzying portrayal of the ancient people’s culture of the Carpathian mountains. The story of star-crossed lovers Ivan and Marichka accounts for only half of the film, which moves outwards to encompass the multi-layered perspective of the onlooking folk. Costume, dance, song and gossipy orality combine with some of the most spectacular imagery ever caught on camera to create an unmissable slice of pure cinema.
The film was preceded by ‘The Fisherman’s Daughter (Tom Chick / Scotland, 2011 / 7 minutes), a cine-poem based on the Scottish storyteller Duncan's story Williamson of a girl who falls in love with a selkie.