The Legend of Suram Fortress

Legenda Suramskoi Kreposti

Dir. Sergei Paradjanov; David Abashidze

Soviet Union 1984 | Colour | 87 mins | Drama

Cast: Venerik'o Andzhaparidze, David Abashidze, Sofiko Chiaureli

Based on a legend, the film recounts the efforts of the Georgian people to build a fortress against invaders. The building keeps collapsing until a fortune teller reveals that the son of her one-time lover must be bricked up alive for the fortress to stand. Presented in twenty-one named chapters, the film takes tapestries and still-lifes as a visual model for its compositions.

Available on: DVD

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