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The Legend of the Suram Fortress

The Legend of the Suram Fortress
  • 1984
  • Georgia/Soviet Union
  • 88 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Sergei Parajanov, Dodo Abashidze (co-director)
  • Written by: Vaja Gigashvili, Daniel Chonkadze (book)
  • Cast: Leila Alibegashvili, Zurab Kipshidze, Dodo Abashidze, Sofiko Chiaureli, Levan Uchaneishvili
  • Language: Georgian, Azeri

This poetic Soviet film utilises old Georgian folklore about a boy who must be immured into the walls of fortress to keep it strong, as a base for a tale about the despot of Suram trying to rebuild his kingdom. Uniquely stunning.

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