“In the temple of cinema there are images, light and reality. Sergei Paradjanov was the master of that temple…”
— JEAN-LUC GODARD
I first saw Godard like this, on the back of the legendary French magazine Cahiers du Cinema, because in 1986 they published Papa‘s writing on Parajanov. That piece (like his other writings) had made the cover of the top art magazines Literaturnaya Armenia in Russian and Arvest in Armenian and was translated into several languages including French. Papa was proud to be in Cahiers du Cinema (but they never paid him). After a trip to Portugal, Parajanov told Papa that he’d seen a Portuguese translation too, but it wasn’t until 2014 that I finally found it thanks to a friend from my film restoration studies in Italy. That same year Godard was at Cannes with his 3D film Goodbye to Language which I saw four months later at TIFF where, like Cannes, Parajanov’s restored The Color of Pomegranates that I’d worked on premiered.
—Martiros M. Vartanov (Boy With a Movie Camera)