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Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors(Тіні забутих предків)

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Soviet Union

1965

1h 31m

Director Sergei Parajanov

Starring Ivan Mykolaichuk, Larisa Kadochnikova, Tatyana Bestayeva, Nikolay Grinko

Genre Drama, Romance

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In a Carpathian village, Ivan falls in love with Marichka, the daughter of his father's killer. When tragedy befalls her, his grief lasts months; finally he rejoins the colorful life around him, marrying Palagna. She wants children but his mind stays on his lost love. To recapture his attention, Palagna tries sorcery, and in the process comes under the spell of the sorcerer, publicly humiliating Ivan, who then fights the sorcerer. The lively rhythms of village life, the work and the holidays, the pageant and revelry of weddings and funerals, the change of seasons, and nature's beauty give proportion to Ivan's tragedy.

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