Sergei Parajanov, Color of Pomegranates, Sayat Nova, Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors, Sergei Paradjanov, Mikhail Vartanov, Sergei Parajanov The Last Spring

Francis Ford Coppola congratulates System Of A Down on Institute's Award

The institute studies, preserves and promotes the work of the brothers-in-arts Sergei Parajanov (1924-1990) and Mikhail Vartanov (1937-2009) who overcame persecution and won the admiration of many of cinema's greatest artists.

Parajanov created the masterpieces Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (1964) and The Color of Pomegranates (1969), widely regarded as some of the most important films of all time. His artworks, which have been exhibited around the world, are as significant.

Vartanov filmed the timeless documentaries The Color of Land (1969), Seasons (1975), and The Last Spring (1992). His essays, published in esteemed film and literary magazines, and his internationally exhibited artworks are as essential.

The institute's founder is their disciple and UCLA alum Martiros M. Vartanov.

Parajanov and Vartanov Letters

My dear friend Sergei Iosifovich [Parajanov] for me, I'm certain that you've come into this world to counterbalance mediocrity and swinishness...when I think of you [in prison] I don't want to live...

--MIKHAIL VARTANOV posses everthing an artist needs - mind, kindness, principles, freedom... Create...perhaps you're the only friend who compels me to live...



Parajanov and Vartanov Retrospective

The first Parajanov and Vartanov film retrospective and art exhibition at the prestigious Busan Film Festival in South Korea, where the never before publicly screened documentaries by Mikhail Vartanov premiered with the masterpieces of Sergei Parajanov, was curated by Martiros Vartanov.

Busan International Film Festival

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Parajanov-Vartanov Institute Awards


Francis Ford Coppola congratulated the 2015 Parajanov-Vartanov Institute Award recipients, the Grammy-winning rock band System Of A Down for ther commitment to justice, exemplified by this year's historic world tour Wake Up the Souls. The event at Chateau Marmont Hollywood on 21 October 2015 benefited the restoration of Parajanov: The Last Spring film trilogy at UCLA. Agnieszka Holland has also released a statement for the occasion.

[System Of A Down - 2015 Parajanov-Vartanov Institute Awards]

"I would like to extend my congratulations to System Of A Down on being honored for their commitment to justice with the 2015 Parajanov-Vartanov Institute Award, in memory of filmmakers Sergei Parajanov and Mikhail Vartanov, whose work I greatly admire. I am also pleased to hear of the band's unique gesture to help restore Mikhail Vartanov's film Parajanov: The Last Spring, which was created under prohibitive conditions and yet exemplifies the power of art over any limitations. I would strongly encourage others to unite around this significant endeavor."


One of cinema's greatest masters, Martin Scorsese, accepted the 2014 Parajanov-Vartanov Institute Award on behalf of his World Cinema Project and The Film Foundation for the restoration of The Color of Pomegranates and introduced the masterpiece at the 52nd New York Film Festival. NYFF first screened the film in 1980, and hosted Sergei Paradjanov in 1988.

The institute's founder Martiros Vartanov, who worked on the restoration with Cineteca di Bologna and L'Immagine Ritrovata, presented the award on October 2, 2014, at the Lincoln Center. The restored film premiered in May at Festival de Cannes then, with Mikhail Vartanov's Parajanov: The Last Spring, at Italy's 28th Il Cinema Ritrovato Film Festival. The North American premiere was at TIFF, Toronto Int'l Film Festival. The US premiere, with Martiros Vartanov's last film, was at The Academy at LACMA in Hollywood.


2013 Parajanov-Vartanov Institute Award honored the Oscar-winner William Saroyan (1908-1981) and was presented to his granddauther Cream Saroyan by Oscar-winner Jon Voight at the Beverly Hills Film Festival. William Saroyan -- one of the 20th century's greatest authors -- won the Pulitzer Prize for the Time of Your Life (1939) and an Academy Award for The Human Comedy (1943). The event was at the Four Seasons Hotel on May 12, 2013.


The 2012 Parajanov-Vartanov Institute Award was presented at the closing ceremony of the Beverly Hills Film Festival to Mardik Martin -- the legendary screenwriter on Martin Scorsese's seminal films Mean Streets and Raging Bull starring Robert De Niro. Mardik Martin is among the screenwriters on WGA's list of 101 Greatest Screenplays ever written. The event was at the Four Seasons Hotel on Sunday, April 29, 2012.


The 2011 Parajanov-Vartanov Institute Award honored the French film icon Jean Vigo (1905-1934) and was presented to his daughter and Paris-based film critic Luce Vigo by Oscar-winning actor Jon Voight at Beverly Hills Film Festival's awards ceremony at the Four Seasons Hotel on April 10, 2011.

Oscar-winning film director Martin Scorsese sent a letter for the occassion to the Parajanov-Vartanov Institute with words on Vigo, Paradjanov and Vartanov, all of whom had fought against censorship.

"...It is fitting that the institute named in memory of Paradjanov and Mikhail Vartanov, who made the wonderful film PARADJANOV: THE LAST SPRING, is honoring the genius of Jean Vigo with the first Hollywood retrospective in recent years... I wish I could be there..."



The inaugural Parajanov-Vartanov Institute Awards were presented at the closing awards ceremony of the 2010 Beverly Hills International Film Festival to Mrs. Parajanov and Mrs. Vartanov to honor the underappreciated role women play in the lives of artists. The event was at Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire Hotel, on April 18, 2010. Channel 1 TV Moscow.



Martiros M. Vartanov | Svetlana Parajanov | Svetlana Vartanov | Suren Parajanov Carlos Muguiro | Mikael Hakhnazaryan | Peter Scarlet



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