Biars-sur-Cère. The astonishing fate of Sergei Parajanov!

Biars-sur-Cère. The astonishing fate of Sergei Parajanov!
Biars-sur-Cère. The astonishing fate of Sergei Parajanov!

At the Robert-Doisneau cinema in Biars, Sunday May 5, Patrick Cazals, filmmaker and producer of numerous portraits of personalities from the cultural world since 1976, presented and commented on two of his films concerning the filmmaker Sergei Paradjanov.

Patrick Cazals, directed “Paradjanov the Rebel” between 1986 and 1990. This film was shot mainly in his family home in Tbelissi in Georgia and evokes his destiny, his rich and complex personality which marked Caucasian and Soviet cinema through its subjects disturbing, his troubles with Soviet power, his incarcerations, his collages and abstract drawings made when Paradjanov was banned from filming. In this film, the public was able to discover several sequences from the filming of “Achik Kérib” which Patrick Cazals was exceptionally able to film: real and brilliant DIY!

The second documentary, “The Muse and the Magician”, films twenty years later, anecdotes about Paradjanov told by Sofiko Tchiaourelli, the female performer in Paradjanov’s films since “Sayat Nova” in 1969.

The public of film buffs and curious people were fascinated by these documents on a filmmaker of fanciful and revolutionary creativity. There were many questions and Patrick Cazals’ answers were very detailed. He communicated the mix of culture, the multilateral and borderless approach of an artist who had the art of counterbalance and transgression.

It is an astonishing destiny to discover and meditate on that of Sergei Paradjanov, whose centenary of birth UNESCO is celebrating throughout 2024.

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