Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors

Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (1965)

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

  • Genre: Drama, Romance
  • Release Date: 1965-10-18
  • User Rating: 7.6/10 from 131 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 31min
  • Language: Український
  • Production Company: Dovzhenko Film Studios
  • Production Country: Soviet Union
  • Director: Sergei Parajanov
star 7.6/10
From 131 Ratings


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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  • Ivan Mykolaichuk

    as Ivan Paliychuk
  • Larysa Kadochnykova

    as Marichka Gutenyuk
  • Tatyana Bestayeva

    as Palagna
  • Nikolay Grinko

    as Batag
  • Spartak Bagashvili

    as Yurko Malfara
  • Leonid Yengibarov

    as Miko
  • Nina Alisova

    as Paliychuk, Ivan's Mother
  • Aleksandr Gaj

    as Petro Paliychuk
  • Neonila Hnepovska

    as Gutenyuk
  • Aleksandr Raydanov

    as Onufriy Gutenyuk
  • Igor Dzyura

    as Young Ivan
  • Valentina Glinko

    as Young Marichka
  • Suren Parajanov

    as Child (uncredited)
Directing Sergei Parajanov Director
Writing Sergei Parajanov Writer
Writing Ivan Chendej Writer
Crew Viktor Bestayev Cinematography
Crew Yurii Illienko Cinematography
Art Mykhailo Rakovskyi Production Design
Art Heorhiy Yakutovych Production Design
Costume & Make-Up Lidiya Baikova Costume Design
Sound Myroslav Skoryk Music
Editing Marfa Ponomarenko Editor
Writing Mykhailo Kotsiubynskyi Novel