- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 14 minutes
- Video: Color
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Released: February 5, 2008
- Originally Released: 1988
- Label: Kino Video
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - Russian
- Subtitles - English - Optional
- Additional Release Material:
- Featurette: "The Minstrel's Song"
- Text/Photo Galleries:
Performers, Cast and Crew:
New York Times - 06/15/1989
"...Paradzhanov brings affection, humor and high style to his retelling of ASHIK KERIB....How well he succeeds is here for the rest of us to relish..."
Los Angeles Times - 07/14/1989
"...[A] tender little masterpiece....The film is a feast of color, a banquet of music, an orgy of poetry and sensuality..."
Based on Mikhail Lermontov's tale, the film follows the wandering minstrel Ashik Kerib as he journeys for 1000 days and nights, trying to earn enough money to marry his beloved.
A magical, musical fairytale about a wandering minstrel whose poverty prevents him from marrying his beloved. So, instead, he roams the countryside, singing for his supper, and delighting children and commonfolk everywhere. Although the powerful try to persecute and control him, Ashik remains safe, watched over by loving guardian angels... until he can finally return home to his love once again.
- Copyright 1988 Filmexport Studios.
- Sergei Paradjanov is well-known for his stylized, dancelike and symbolic films. Because of his deep connection to his ethnic roots and culture, he was persecuted by Soviet authorities, who imprisoned him for four years and later prevented him from practicing his craft.
- Shown at the 1988 New York Film Festival.