Martiros M. Vartanov

When Tarkovsky inscribed and sent his child’s drawings to the imprisoned Paradjanov who annotated and forwarded them to the blacklisted Vartanov with blessings of the birth of his son Martiros, his journey in arts began.

He escaped to Hollywood and graduated from UCLA where he made his first film, entitled The Last Film, which was released by Criterion. He has served as a juror and curator at festivals in Beverly Hills, Busan and DOC LA, and worked on the restoration of the masterpiece The Color of Pomegranates selected for Festival de Cannes.

Martiros Vartanov also presents the annual Parajanov-Vartanov Institute Awards whose recipients include Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese, Pulitzer Prize-winning author William Saroyan, Grammy-winning rock band System of a Down, and Academy Award-winning actress Emma Thompson. In addition, he programs the institute’s annual Los Angeles Documentary Film Festival — DOC LA.

Criterion release of Parajanov/Vartanov filmsNow available: The Colour of Pomegranates by Sergei Paradjanov, The Color of Land by Mikhail Vartanov, and The Last Film by Martiros Vartanov on Criterion Collection Blu-ray/DVD.


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Мартирос Вартанов

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Boy with a Movie Camera

Parajanov-Vartanov Institute