Director Sergei Parajanov

Production year 1988

Length 78min.

Country Georgia


The film follows the wandering minstrel Ashik Kerib as he journeys for 1000 days and nights, trying to earn enough money to marry his beloved


European Film Award, Best Art Direction | European Film Academy Awards, , 1989

Special Prize of the Jury | Istanbul IFF, Turkey, 1989

Best Film, Best Director, Best Cinematographer, Best Production Designer | Nika Awards, Moscow, 1990


Sergei Parajanov
Sergei Parajanov



Gia Badridze

Director of Photography

Albert Yavuryan

Production designer

Gogi Aleksi-Meskhishvili, Shota Gogolashvili, Sergei Parajanov, Niko Zandukeli

Music by

Javanshir Kuliev


Gari Kuntsev


Maria Ponomarenko


Yuri Mgoyan, Sofiko Tshiaureli, Ramaz Chkhikvadze, Konstantin Stepankov, Veronique Metonidze, Baia Dvalishvili, Davit Dovlatyan

Production company(ies)

Kartuli Pilmi

Sergei Parajanov

(1924, Tbilisi, Georgia - 1990, Yerevan, Armenia). In 1942-43 Sergei Parajanov studied at Tbilisi Institute of Engineers of Transportation Means, in 1943-44 - in Vocal Department of Tbilisi Conservatory. At the same time he was taking dance lessons at the Dance Academy next to the Opera Theatre. In 1945, Parajanov transferred to Moscow State Conservatory named for P. Tchaikovsky (pedagogue Nina Dorliak). In 1951, he graduated from the Directing Department of VGIK (Igor Savchenko's master class, later Alexander Dovzhenko’s). Parajanov worked as a director at Dovzhenko Film Studio, Armenfilm and Kartuli Pilmi. In 1973, he was arrested and convicted on trumped-up charges. Spent four years in a strict regime camp. Has been released from jail in 1978. Official rehabilitation was not followed. After his release he lived in Tbilisi, worked for the Kartuli Pilmi. He is a People's Artist of Ukrainian and Armenia (1990).


Moldavian Tale (1952, short), Andriesh (Co-Dir. Y. Bazelyan, 1954), Dumka (1958, doc.), Natalia Uzhviy (1959, doc.), Golden Hands (1959, doc.), The First Fellow (1959), Ukrainian Rhapsody (1961), A Flower on the Stone (1962), Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (1964), Kyiv Frescoes (1966, unfinished), Hakob Hovnatanyan (1967, doc.), The Color of Pomegranate (1969), Legend on Suram Fortress (Co-Dir. Dodo Abashidze, 1984), Pirosmani (Arabesques on the Pirosmani Themes, 1985), Ashik-Kerib (1988), Confession (1990, unfinished).

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