Paradjanov Biopic Submitted for Oscar

Paradjanov, by Serge Avedikian and Olena Fetisova, depicts the famous filmmaker's life

KIEV—Serge Avedikian and Olena Fetisova’s film, Paradjanov, has been nominated as Ukraine’s submission for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards.

In a conversation with Armenpress, Serge Avedikian stated from Paris that the Ukrainian commission nominated the movie for the Academy Awards.

The film was picked among other contenders: Kira Muratova’s Eternal Return and Akhtem Seitablayev’s Haytarma.

As Serge Avedikian told PanArmenian.net, Armenia, too, could have nominated the film for an Oscar award.

As he further noted, a Paris premiere of the film, due for early 2014, is the focus of attention and will be screened at several other film festivals in Georgia, Germany, and France.

Paradjanov stars Avedikian as brilliant director Sergey Paradjanov, whose nonconformist behavior conflicts with the Soviet system. Parajanov’s eccentricities land him in jail, where his indestructible love for beauty allows him to withstand the years of imprisonment, isolation and oblivion.

Parajanov, co-produced with Ukraine, France, Georgia and Armenia, was named the best feature film at the Odessa Festival.

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