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Ashik Kerib (1988)

Ashug-Karibi (original title)
A talented but poor minstrel is forced to wander throughout the world because of impossibility to be with his true love - a rich merchant's daughter.


Sergei Parajanov, Dodo Abashidze (co-director) (as David Abashidze)


Gia Badridze (as Georgy Badridze), Mikhail Lermontov (story "Ashik Kerib the Lovelorn Minstrel")
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Complete credited cast:
Yuri Mgoyan Yuri Mgoyan
Sofiko Chiaureli
Ramaz Chkhikvadze
Konstantin Stepankov
Baia Dvalishvili Baia Dvalishvili
Veronique Matonidze Veronique Matonidze ... (as Veronika Metonidze)
David Dovlatian David Dovlatian
Levan Natroshvili Levan Natroshvili
Slava Stepanian Slava Stepanian
Nodar Dugladze Nodar Dugladze


Wandering minstrel Ashik Kerib falls in love with a rich merchant's daughter, but is spurned by her father and forced to roam the world for a thousand and one nights - but not before he's got the daughter to promise not to marry till his return. It's told in typical Paradjanov style overlaid with Azerbaijani folk songs. Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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Dedicated to Sergei Parajanov's close friend Andrei Tarkovsky who had died two years before the film was released. See more »


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How to turn a fascinating and little known culture into a tacky pop video.
26 August 2009 | by fergalffSee all my reviews

Oh God......I love Alim Qaismov and Mugham music. I've traveled in Armenia and Georgia and fell in love with the Caucasus. I looked forward to seeing this film so much.....oh god!!!! Yes the music is interesting, but the problem is simply this; it looks like a Boy George video...and one made by some guy he met in a pub. I have never, in all my life seen such an inept, appalling and entirely worthless aberration such as this. Really. It's quiet stunning how bad this is. Like a home movie from a transvestite wedding. During the dire extras documentary on Paradjabov, he makes quiet an extraordinary statement; "It is not possible to become a Director, you must be born one. And it is not enough to be born a Director...your mother must be an actress." That makes as much sense as this bag of offal. If there were truth in that, on evidence of this film I'd say the only acting Mrs Paradjanov did so, was telling her son he had talent.

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Release Date:

23 November 1988 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Hoary Legends of the Caucasus See more »

Filming Locations:

Baku, Azerbaijan

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Georgian-Film See more »
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1.37 : 1
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