Dir. Serge Paradjanov (1968).
Also known as Sayat Nova, Serge Paradjanov’s poetic evocation of the 18th-century Georgian poet, coaxes a visionary mix of Fran Angelico and barnyard surrealism, making the most economical use imaginable of weather beaten churches, casually tethered animals, and peasant grandmothers. Any one of the film’s tableaux is a startling combination of Byzantine flatness, Quattrocento beatifics, and Islamic symmetry.
Wed., July 14, 9:15 p.m.; Sat., July 17, 7:15 p.m., 2010