Svetlana Parajanov & Svetlana Vartanov

Sergei Paradjanov and Mikhail Vartanov had both married beautiful women named Svetlana. Both Svetlana Parajanov (teacher) and Svetlana Vartanov (film editor) were over 15 years younger than their filmmaker husbands. Mrs Parajanov and Mrs Vartanov came together in 2010 in Hollywood to help establish the Parajanov-Vartanov Institute. Svetlana means “light” – an indispensable element of cinema as we all know – and both Svetlanas were irreplaceable partners for Sergei and Mikhail, which should never be forgotten.

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Svetlana Paradjanov (right) and Svetlana Vartanov