Ashik Kerib (film)

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Ashik Kerib
Ashikkeribposter.jpg
original Russian film poster
Directed by Sergei Parajanov
Written by Gia Badridze
Mikhail Lermontov (story)
Starring Yuri Mgoyan
Sofiko Chiaureli
Ramaz Chkhikvadze
Konstantin Stepankov
Music by Javanshir Guliyev
Cinematography Albert Yavuryan
Release dates 1988
Running time 73 min
Country Soviet Union (Georgian SSR, Azerbaijan SSR)
Language Georgian/Azerbaijani

Ashik Kerib (Georgian: აშიკ-ქერიბი) is a 1988 film by the Soviet-Armenian filmmaker Sergei Parajanov based on the short story of the same name by Mikhail Lermontov. It was Parajanov's last completed film and was dedicated to his close friend Andrei Tarkovsky, who had died two years previously. The film also features a detailed portrayal of Azerbaijani culture.

Plot[edit]

The Ashik Kerib wants to marry his beloved, but her father opposes since Kerib is poor and he expects rich prospects for his 'daughter from heaven'. She vows to wait for him for a thousand days and nights until he comes back with enough money to impress her father. He sets out on a journey to gain wealth and encounters many difficulties, but with the help of a saint horseman, he returns to his beloved on the 1001st day and they are able to marry.

Style[edit]

The entire story is told in a way of Azerbaijan Folklore with music and colour playing a key role. Dialogue is minimal and scripts are used to narrate the plot changes. The director included intentional anachronisms such as the use of machine guns and a movie camera.

Themes[edit]

Parajanov's previous three major films were colourful illustrations of Ukrainian, Armenian and Georgian culture. Ashik Kerib, similarly explores traditional Azerbaijani clothes, music, dance, art and customs.

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