Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors

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Released 1964

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1964
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Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors is a poetic and metaphorical tale of love and loss in rural 1800s Ukraine. Against the strikingly vibrant landscape of the Carpathian mountains of Ukraine, family tensions build when young peasant Ivan (Ivan Mikolaichuk) falls in love with Marichka (Larissa Kadochnikova), the daughter of a neighboring land owner that murdered his father. But after he leaves to go find work in the mountains, his troubles multiply when his love, whom he has impregnated, drowns in a nearby river. Upon his returns, the despondent laborer finds new love with another local woman, Palagna (Tatyana Bestayeva), but his heart remains fixated on Marichka. With her husband drifting into depression and emotional unavailability, Ivan's new wife seeks the comfort of a local sorcerer to enchant Ivan back into her favor. But when the conjurer sets his sights on Palagna, Ivan may prove to be no match for his rival. Legendary director Sergei Parajanov heads up this highly controversial and captivating film.moreless

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