SEE QUOTATIONS FROM THE FILM
16 mm, BETA SP, 60 min, color.
Script Direction Editing, Art Direction by Don Askarian.
Produced by Don Film In Co-Production with Margarita
Woskanian and ZDF-ARTE, 1998.
Beta SP tapes with English, French and German subtitles.
Copyright, sale and distribution by Don Film,
DIRECTOR ABOUT THE FILM
Year 1989. Rotterdam Film
Festival. Farewell at hotel "Hilton". And he
speaks: «Help to shoot "Confession"». In reply:
«The child of two fathers, will be born bastard». Actually
I wanted to say: «This lustful, voracious, scruffy lady,
whose name is cinema, needs to be fucked as to... And only
loners - they were less than fingers on one hand - only those
who work in deep, infinite loneliness...». Afterwards, he
was dying long in Armenia - asking all the time to visit him,
and I was shooting "Avetik" all the time. At last,
I came. He pretended he was already dead. Then I pulled out
of my pocket a cloth bought in Goa from gipsy woman (all
winds of the Indian ocean unable to overcome the strong smell
of her genitals), and unfold it. There was a lion watching
TV, there was an elephant twisting pedals... he opened his
eyes a little to look at the woman's ring, who had come with
me - the diamonds and sapphire were original. Amazed Sergey
even half rose - and the bitch-death left us alone for a
couple of hours... Then he died and there was semi-official
filthy - crowd of jackals were fighting for percents from his
glory... I've told myself: «After, after when a corpse will
divide and carry away... ». And here the film is ready. I
know, it is close to your heart, and sorry, that I'll show it
to others ...
Quotation from the
Paradjanov: - Well, we had tubs
hanging in our toilet, and I liked it when they resonated. I
sat in the toilet, sat there long and was singing arias.
Then, it turned out that I have ballet capabilities and was
given to the ballet studio. Then father who had come to the
graduation, shouted that he does not want to have a federast
son, as he said, but wants me to dance Asian dances. But I
was not good at this - Asian dances, but, rather Saint-Sence,
"The Dying Swan". And if now, at per 64, I am
checking whether I can sound high notes, I do this in the
toilet again where the same tubs are hanging - since tubs,
for some reason, do not age or wear out but live as
resonators of my fate.
THE HARVARD FILM ARCHIVE ABOUT THE FILM
Armenia-Germany 1998 (60 min)
screens on Fri 12/3 7:00, Sat
archival footage, fragments of interviews, and scenes from his films,
this newly constructed portrait of Sergey Paradjanov was composed by the
highly accomplished Armenian director Don Askarian (Komitas, Avetik).
According to the director's synopsis: "The year is 1989. The place is
the film festival in Rotterdam. Farewell at the Hilton Hotel. And
Paradjanov says,‘Help me make Confession.’ I answer, ‘As a child of two
fathers, the film will be born a bastard."
Directed by Don Askarian
(Russian with English voice-over, color, 16mm on Beta SP)
Script writer, director, editor
Vahagn Ter – Hakobyan
Assistant of director & editor
Assistant of Cameraman
Co-produced with financial support of
ZDF - ARTE
Copyright by Don Film, 1998