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Let's Watch Parajanov's Ukrainian Rhapsody

Hosted by the Consul of the Istanbul Russian Culture Group
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Took place 2 months ago
Wed 30 Jan 19:00 - 21:30

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The film is in Russian with Turkish subtitles
Free admissions. Drop in, no reservations.

Presented as part of Parajanov, with Sarkis exhibition, Pera Film’s Rebel Images: Sergey Parajanov is a collection of the director’s films given form by his unbridled imagination and documentaries that showcase the testimonies of artists who have been inspired by Parajanov’s work. Named a “genius”, a “master”, and a “magician” by Tarkovsky, Godard, Fellini, Antonioni and other renowned directors of the history of cinema, Sergey Parajanov, after his incarceration in Protected content his dissident views and sexual orientation, revealed the unconstrainable nature of images with his art that reached beyond walls, proving once again his mastery of poetical cinema.
A melodrama wrapped in the ideological garb of the time. The life of famous opera singer Oksana passes before her eyes in a series of flashbacks: her childhood in the countryside full of music, her farewell from the village and her lover Anton, her training at the conservatory, the start of her career in Paris. When the war breaks out, Oksana loses contact with Anton, who ends up a German prisoner-of-war. As much as the depiction of the war and the parties involved in it follow state regulations, the cinematic and thematic freedoms taken by Parajanow still shine through with unusual clarity: the almost abstract studio scenes, the unpredictable narration, which doesn’t unfold chronologically, and the depiction of the music, songs and churches.
We will meet at Protected content designed as an “art deco” café in reference to the “Bristol Hotel” - built in Protected content , serving until the Protected content . (The menu includes a wide range of offerings; from salads, sandwiches, special pastas to high-quality pastries.)

Director: Sergey Parajanov
Cast: Olga Reus-Petrenko, Yevgenia Miroshnichenko, Eduard Koshman, Yuriy Gulyayev
Soviet Union, Protected content , 88', color
Russian with Turkish subtitles