Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors

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Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors

based on novel or book forbidden love sorcery rivalry sorcerer star crossed lovers carpathians

Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors

Release Date: October 18, 1965

Year    :   1965
Slogan    :   «A New Kind of Ukrainian Film...acclaimed around the world at all film festivals»
Genres    :   Drama, Romance
Production Companies    :   Dovzhenko Film Studios
Director    :   Sergei Parajanov
Producers    :   
Writers    :   Sergei Parajanov, Ivan Chendej, Mykhailo Kotsiubynskyi
RunTime    :   91 mins.

In a Carpathian village, Ivan falls in love with Marichka, the daughter of his father's killer. When tragedy befalls her, his grief lasts months; finally he rejoins the colorful life around him, marrying Palagna. She wants children but his mind stays on his lost love. To recapture his attention, Palagna tries sorcery, and in the process comes under the spell of the sorcerer, publicly humiliating Ivan, who then fights the sorcerer. The lively rhythms of village life, the work and the holidays, the pageant and revelry of weddings and funerals, the change of seasons, and nature's beauty give proportion to Ivan's tragedy.

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