One of cinema’s greatest masters, Martin Scorsese, accepted the 2014 Parajanov-Vartanov Institute Award on behalf of his World Cinema Project and The Film Foundation for the restoration of Sergei Parajanov‘s The Color of Pomegranates, and introduced the masterpiece at the 52nd New York Film Festival. NYFF first screened the film in 1980, and hosted Sergei Paradjanov in 1988.
The institute’s founder Martiros Vartanov, who worked on the restoration with Cineteca di Bologna and L’Immagine Ritrovata, presented the award on October 2, 2014, at Lincoln Center. The restored film premiered in May at Festival de Cannes, as well as at Italy’s 28th Il Cinema Ritrovato Film Festival with Mikhail Vartanov’s Parajanov: The Last Spring. The North American premiere was at TIFF, Toronto Int’l Film Festival. The US premiere, with Martiros Vartanov’s last film, was at The Academy at LACMA in Hollywood.