Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (1965)
"Tini zabutykh predkiv" (original title)

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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... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Ivan Mykolaichuk ...
Larisa Kadochnikova ...
Tatyana Bestayeva ...
Spartak Bagashvili ...
Nikolay Grinko ...
Leonid Yengibarov ...
Nina Alisova ...
Aleksandr Gaj ...
Paliychuk (as O. Gaj)
Neonila Gnepovskaya ...
Aleksandr Raydanov ...
Gutenyuk (as A. Raydanov)
I. Dzyura ...
Ivan as a Child
V. Glyanko ...
Marichka as a Child
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
O. Ryazanov


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. Written by <>

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A New Kind of Soviet Film...acclaimed around the world at all film festivals


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18 October 1965 (Soviet Union)  »

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For decades it has been believed that "Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors" won the British Academy Award. This was most notably stated in the famous "Film Encyclopedia" by Ephraim Katz. Recently, however, the disciple of Sergei Parajanov, Martiros Vartanov, obtained on official confirmation from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), which stated that the movie was not a BAFTA award recipient; although in 1965 the film won the Grand Prix at the Mar del Plata International Film Festival and a record number of other awards on the festival circuit. See more »


When the two children run down the hill to have a bath in the river, the entire camera rig, including the operator, can be seen in a shadow on the ground. See more »


Featured in Parajanov: The Last Spring (1992) See more »

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Beautiful Ukrainian film
31 August 2000 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

This is a haunting film filled with deeply moving imagery and symbolism. It is a well known art-house and film student favorite and for many excellent reasons. It is beautifully filmed and accurately portrays Ukrainian-Hutsul society with all it's mythology, superstition and rich culture. Of interest is that it was released in it's native Ukrainian language during one of the Soviet Union's cultural thaws under Khruschev. Not many films were allowed to even be produced in Ukrainian during the Soviet regime. Definitely worth seeing.

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