Svetlana

Svetlana Parajanov & Svetlana Vartanov

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Svetlana Paradjanov (right) and 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.

Svetlana Paradjanov (Светлана Щербатюк Параджанова) and Svetlana Vartanov (Светлана Манучарян Вартанова) both appear in Vartanov‘s Parajanov: The Last Spring.

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.

Svetlana Shcherbatiuk Paradjanova by Sergei Parajanov
Svetlana by Parajanov

Parajanov-Vartanov Institute