Kiev Frescoes (Kyiv Frescoes)

“My classmate at (the Moscow Film Institute) VGIK, Aleksandr Antipenko, brought the footage of Kiev Frescoes that he shot for  Parajanov and screened it for us in class. I immediately realized that Parajanov would be shooting his next film in this new revolutionary cinematic language”

— Mikhail Vartanov

Sergei Parajanov‘s Kiev Frescoes (Kyiv Frescos / Киевские фрески) was suppressed by Soviet Ukraine’s Dovzhenko Film Studio during production in 1966, but the approximately 14 surviving minutes of Kiev Frescoes nevertheless demonstrated a new film language (even more original than Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors). Parajanov  later cemented this unique cinematic language in his masterpiece The Color of Pomegranates.


Parajanov-Vartanov Institute