andriesh – Andriesh, the first feature by Sergei Parajanov

Andriesh is Sergei Parajanov‘s first surviving film (an expanded version of his lost student film The Moldavian Tale). It is based on a book by Yemelian Bukov about a boy shepherd Andriesh (Konstantin Russu) who receives a gift of a magic flute which helps him in his journey to the castle of the evil sorcerer whom Andriesh must defeat. Co-directed by Yakov Bazelyan in 1954 this 63 minute feature was was shot by Suren Shahbazyan (Shakhbazyan) who later lensed Paradjanov’s masterpiece Sayat Nova (The Color of Pomegranates).

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