The World Is a Window: The Making of the Colour of Pomegranates
The World Is a Window: The Making of the Colour of Pomegranates

The World Is a Window: The Making of the Colour of Pomegranates

Director Daniel Bird

Production year 2011

Length 75min.

Country UK


A 75-minute documentary about the making of Sergei Paradjanov's classic The Colour of Pomegranate shot in Armenia.



Daniel Bird
Daniel Bird



Daniel Bird, Chris Holden


Daniel Bird

Director of Photography

Daniel Bird, Eddy Von Mueller, Hayk Hambartsum


Daniel Bird, Eddy Von Mueller, Hayk Hambartsum


David Mackenzie

Production company(ies)

Cave Canem / Second Sight Films Connaught Rd, Teddington, Middlesex TW11 0PS, United Kingdom

Daniel Bird

Born 1978, Stoke-on-Trent) Daniel Bird is a writer and filmmaker based in Warsaw, Poland, studied Psychology and Philosophy (BSc) at Keele University (1996-99) before completing his Master’s in Philosophy at Warwick University (1999-2000). He began writing about film as an undergraduate, reappraising Communist era Eastern European films and interviewing filmmakers. From 1998, he began working as a film programmer, organising retrospectives on Andrzej Zulawski (1998), Ester Krumbachova (2000) and Walerian Borowczyk (2001), among others. In 2002, he published his first book on Roman Polanski. The following year, he produced three documentaries on Polanski’s early career in Poland and England for Anchor Bay Entertainment (UK). In 2006, Daniel Bird began teaching Eastern European Cinema at Sheffield University. Since 2007, he has produced supplementary features for DVD and Blu-ray release, including documentaries, interview featurettes as well as commentaries and booklet essays for clients in the UK, US and Germany. He was worked with both Jerzy Skolimowski and Andrzej Zulawski on both English language subtitles and screenplays. In 2011, Daniel Bird directed The World is a Window, a feature-length documentary on the making of Sergei Parajanov’s The Colour of Pomegranate. The following year, he directed documentaries on the collaboration of Marcel Carné, Jacques Prévert and Alexander Trauner on Les enfants du paradis as well as a film about Vera Chytilova, Jaroslav Kucera and Ester Krumbachova. In 2013, he produced restorations of Walerian Borowczyk’s short films and early features for Arrow Films, which premiered at the New Horizons Festival in Wroclaw before playing at LUFF in Lausanne and Leeds IFF. The same year, he directed Obscure Pleasures, a feature-length portrait of Borowczyk, and launched a successful Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to restore Borowczyk’s live-action feature debut, Goto, l'île d'amour. He is currently producing a 5 Blu-ray/7 DVD box set of restored Borowczyk films for Arrow films, a Borowczyk retrospective for BFI Southbank and an exhibition of Borowczyk’s artwork for the Institute of Contemporary Arts.


The World Is a Window: Making The Color of Pomegranates (2011), The Making of Kill List (2011), Obscure Pleasures: A Portrait of Walerian Borowczyk (2013).

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