The Ashik Kerib wants to marry his beloved, but her father opposes since Kerib is poor and he expects rich prospects for his ’ daughter from heaven’. She vows to wait for him for a thousand days and nights until he comes back with enough money to impress her father. He starts the journey to gain wealth and goes through a lot of difficulties, But he is able to come back to his beloved with the help of a saint horseman on the 1001 day since he left and able to marry his love. –wikipedia.org
One of the 20th century’s greatest masters of cinema, Sergei Parajanov in the 1960s made two masterpieces in a row: Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (1964) and Color of Pomegranates (1968). Both established him as a phenomenon with no analogy in the art world.
Parajanov was born on the January 9, 1924, in Tbilisi, Georgia, USSR, to an ethnic Armenian family. His father was Iosif Parajanian and his mother was Siranush Bejanian. In 1945 Parajanov traveled to Moscow and entered the directing department at VGIK, one of the oldest and most highly respected film schools in Europe, and studied under director Igor Savchenko and later Aleksandr Dovzhenko in Kiev, Ukraine. Parajanov moved to Kiev, where after a few documentaries (Dumka (1957), Zolotye ruki (1957), Natalya Ushviy (1957)) and several narrative films (Andriesh (1954), Ukrainskaya rapsodiya (1961), Tsvetok na kamne (1962)) he created the magnificent “Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors”, which won countless international awards… read more
I cried when he said that he was going to die after making the film because he liked it so much, that a director must know when he is going to die.
A look back at the posters for departing festival director Richard Peña’s very first NYFF.