Sat 28 Oct, 2:00pm | Gallery Theatre, NMS

Dir. Sergei Parajanov | 1965 | Soviet Union | Drama / Experimental | 97 min | 35mm | Ukrainian with English Subtitles | M18 (Some Nudity)

In a small Hutsul village located in the Carpathian Mountains of Western Ukraine, a young boy named Ivan falls in love with Marichka, the daughter of the man who killed his father. A Romeo and Juliet-esque romance blossoms between the two, and as the couple grows old enough to marry, Ivan leaves the village in search of work to earn money for their future, unaware of the tragedies that lie ahead.

Based on the classic Ukrainian book of the same name, Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors touches on a multitude of themes that include religion, family and tradition. A sensory overload on an audiovisual level, Sergei Parajanov’s one-of-a-kind film captures colour, costuming and ethnic music through chaotic if poetic camerawork. At a time when dreary Socialist Realism dominated Soviet cinema, the invention and imagination of Parajanov’s works challenged the idea of sanctioned art, utilising unprecedented techniques that redefined what cinema could be. He would be continually persecuted by the Soviet authorities till his passing in 1990.

Note: This ticket includes admission to the ancillary event, Dovzhenko Centre And The Revitalisation Of post-Soviet Film Archive In Ukraine. The event will be held at the Gallery Theatre, National Museum of Singapore on Sunday, 28 October at 4:30 pm following the screening of Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors.


Concession is applicable to all current Students, Seniors above 55 and Full-Time National Servicemen (NSFs). Concession ticket holders will have to present their identification at the door. We reserve the right to decline admission without valid documentation.


Sat 28 Oct, 2:00pm | Gallery Theatre, NMS