TARQ is delighted to host the screening of 'Zvenigora' - the first in our five-part film series titled 'Becoming Epic - Myth, Legend and Folk Tale through Colour and Sound'. The series has been conceptualized by Mumbai based film scholar, Elroy Pinto. The screenings are accompanied by a series of essays of the same title by Pinto.
'Zvenigora' is a silent film, made in 1928 by the Ukrainian film maker Alexander Dovzhenko. The film’s narrative draws upon a folk tale of the same name while simultaneously creating an entirely new reality that stretches the boundaries of the folkloric narrative into the realm of the epic. Much like his Soviet contemporaries such as Sergei Eisenstein, Dovzhenko extensively used the montage technique in this film, though in a poetic style that was uniquely his own. Zvenigora’s power, which sadly remained underrated during Dovzhenko’s lifetime, lies in the ingenious use of cosmic sounds and visuals that pushed the boundaries of montage. In the 1970s, a restored version of the film was released with the addition of a musical score.
Note: This film is being screened with permission from the distributors, Mr. Bongo (UK)