Retrospective of Sergei Parajanov's short films' restorations
Legendary filmmaker Sergei Parajanov offers an overview of the portrait painting of the man called "the Raphael of Tiflis", Hakob Hovnatanyan (1806 – 1881). A distinguished member of the artistic dynasty of Hovnatanyan portrait painters, Hakob is widely seen as the founder of modern Armenian painting and a master of portraiture and miniatures. In his short documentary film about the artist Parajanov combines sights and sounds from both Hovnatanyan's paintings and 19th Century Tbilisi, bringing to dazzling life its artistic culture. This short documentary is seen as a precursor to Parajanov's masterpiece The Colour of Pomegranates (1969). The film copy was restored in 2019 by Kino Klassika in partnership with the National Cinema Centre of Armenia, Fixafilm and produced by Daniel Bird.
Arabesques on the Pirosmani Theme
Sergei Parajanov's 25-minute short film Arabesques on a Pirosmani Theme (1985) is often seen as a companion piece to Hakob Hovnatanyan (1967), since it takes as its subject the famous Georgian painter Niko Pirosmani. By filming the detail and themes of Pirosmani's paintings, Parajanov creates an engaging and mysterious portrait of Georgia itself. The restoration of the copy (premiered at Rotterdam IFF 2019) is carried out in association with the Georgian National Film Centre and Fixafilm Poland and produced by Daniel Bird.
What was supposed to become a feature-length film about the aftermath of WWII in contemporary Kiev, turned into a short collage, based on the remaining footage after all negatives were destroyed by the authorities.