Film

The Legend of Suram Fortress

Sergei Parajanov
USSR
1985
88'
Video, colour, sound
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“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 marvellous, unfolds in a circular rather than linear manner, and its mythic possibilities are realised most wondrously in the film’s visuals.” MoMA, New York