The Legend of Suram Fortress + Sophio Medoidze

A rare screening of one of Georgian master Sergei Parajanov’s most expressive feature films, selected and introduced by artist Sophio Medoidze.

“Fantastic visual worlds of exquisite beauty open out in front of the observer in the severe framings of the opulently designed tableaus used by Parajanov to narrate an archaic Georgian legend: to defend themselves from enemy attacks, the inhabitants of a remote mountain region try to build a fortress. According to a prophecy however, the construction can only be successfully completed if a young warrior allows himself to be built into one of the walls while still alive. The young Surab volunteers for the task. Parajanov’s penultimate film – a reflection on the landscape, its inhabitants and their relationship towards those in power – was made in Georgia, after a 15-year filmmaking ban and lengthy periods in prison and work camps.” —Arsenal Institute for Film and Video Art

Part of Artists in the Cinema, for which Sophio made ‘Xitana’ in 2019 (also showing in ‘Jackals and Drones’ at LUX, London, from 15 Jan – 22 Feb)

Saturday 1 February 2020
Tyneside Cinema (Roxy)
Book tickets
£6 / £4

About the curator

Born in the USSR, brought up in the Republic of Georgia and now living in London, Sophio Medoidze is an artist who works with film, writing, photography and sculpture. For a time, she worked anonymously as part of the Clara Emigrand collective. Her work is marked by precarity and explores the poetic potential of uncertainty. She often acts in her own films, which progress by juxtaposing different image modalities and bashing sounds against one other. Her work is driven by the desire that is caught up between state violence and personal agency. Her work has been shown, amongst others at Serpentine Cinema (Peckhamplex), Kunstmuseum Luzern, Whitechapel Gallery, Arnolfini, Tbilisi Art Fair’s (TAF) public programme. She was shortlisted for South London Gallery’s Graduate Residency, she is a recipient of Feature Expanded Development award for her first feature ‘Let us flow!’ (with HOME, Manchester + Lo schermo dell’arte, Florence).

Sophio Medoidze was commissioned by Projections at Tyneside Cinema to produce Xitana (2019).


The Legend of Suram Fortress

Sergei Parajanov

Video, colour, sound