Celebrating Parajanov’s 80th

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–Relatives and close friends of legendary filmmaker Sergey Parajanov–arrived in Yerevan from Ukraine–Russia–Iran–and Georgia to join a series of celebrations that began on Thursday to mark the artist’s 80th birthday. The events are part of the Golden Apricot International Film Festival that opened in Yerevan on June 30.

Director of the Parajanov Museum in Yerevan–Zaven Sarkisian–said the guests will tour Parajanov’s favorite sites in Armenia. They will also have an opportunity to watch a new documentary about the filmmaker’s life and career–"I Died in Childhood?" The film–directed by Parjanov’s nephew Georgy Parajanov–was recently featured at the 26th Annual Moscow International Film Festival–as well as in the 2004 Cannes hors comptition. It displays exclusive photos from Parajanov’s life: on movie sets–at home–in jail. The narration is a monologue–compiled from letters–notes–and only episode of his unfinished screenplay for "Confession."

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