Legenda o Suramskoy Kreposki (The Legend of Suram Fortress). 1985. USSR. Directed by Dodo Abashidze, Sergei Parajanov. In Georgian; English subtitles. 82 min.
With Levan Uchaneishvili, Zurab Kipshidze, Lela Alibegashvili, Dodo Abashidze, Veriko Andjaparidze, Sofiko Chiaureli. The incomparable Sergei Parajanov’s first film following a 15-year enforced silence, codirected with Dodo Abashidze, is based on a Caucasus Mountains legend that tells of the repeated efforts of the Georgian people to construct a fortress against invaders. The fortress continues to collapse until a fortune-teller recalls a prophecy that a handsome young man must be walled inside alive in order for the building to stand. The story, at once simple and marvelous, unfolds in a circular rather than linear manner, and its mythic possibilities are realized most wondrously in the film’s visuals.
Saturday, December 20, 2014,4:30 p.m.The Museum of Modern Art, Theater 2
Monday, December 1, 2014,4:00 p.m.The Museum of Modern Art, Theater 2