Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors
Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors

Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors

Director Sergei Parajanov

Production year 1964

Length 97min.

Country Ukraine


A poetic tale of Ivan's and Marichka's tragic love within feuding families in an ancient Carpathian community. Based on the story of Mikhaylo Kotsyubinsky.


Critics Grand Prize, Special Jury Award | Mar del Plata IFF, Argentina, 1965


Sergei Parajanov
Sergei Parajanov



Ivan Chendey, Sergei Parajanov

Director of Photography

Yuri Ilyenko

Production designer

Georgiy Yakutovich, Mikhail Rakovski

Music by

Miroslav Skorik


Sofia Sergienko


Maria Ponomarenko


Ivan Mikolaychuk, Lyudmila Kadochnikova, Tatyana Bestaeva, Spartak Baghashvili, Nikolay Gritsenko, Leonid Yengibarov, Nina Alisova

Production company(ies)

Dovzhenko Film Studio

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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