The Color of Pomegranates to be screened at Abu Dhabi Film Festival

The Color of Pomegranates, directed by Sergei Parajanov, will be screened at Abu Dhabi Film Festival (ADFF) to be held from  October 23 to November 1 , 2014, according to the festival’s official website.

ADFF has announced a collaboration with Martin Scorsese’s The Film Foundation/ World Cinema Project (WCP).

As part of the collaboration, two newly restored international masterworks – The Color of Pomegranates, directed by Sergei Parajanov and Manila in the Claws of Light, directed by Lino Brocka – will be screened during ADFF, which takes place from October 23 to November 1, 2014. Both films were digitally restored in 4K resolution by the Cineteca di Bologna/L’Immagine Ritrovata and The Film Foundation/World Cinema Project and will be shown with existing English subtitles as well as new Arabic subtitles, provided by ADFF.

Ali Al Jabri, Festival Director, said: “Cinema is an international language and ADFF strives to bring about enthusiasm, variety and a celebration of this universal form of expression. We are delighted to be collaborating with WCP to present these landmark films from Armenia and the Philippines as part of our strong commitment towards the global cause of film preservation and restoration. Each film is a cinematic revelation depicting a culture seldom seen by audiences on-screen.”

The Color of Pomegranates (1968) by Armenian director Sergei Parajanov, is a biography of the Armenian poet Sayat Nova that attempts to reveal the poet’s life visually and poetically depicting his coming of age, discovery of the female form, falling in love, entering a monastery and dying, all framed through both Parajanov’s imagination and the poems of Sayat Nova.

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