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.

  1. Sergei Parajanov

    Director, Writer

  2. Mikhaylo Kotsyubinsky


  3. Ivan Chendej


Top Billed Cast

  1. Ivan Mykolaichuk

    Ivan Mykolaichuk

    Ivan Paliychuk

  2. Larisa Kadochnikova

    Larisa Kadochnikova

    Marichka Gutenyuk

  3. Tatyana Bestayeva

    Tatyana Bestayeva


  4. Nikolay Grinko

    Nikolay Grinko


  5. Spartak Bagashvili

    Spartak Bagashvili

    Yurko Malfara

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Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors
Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors



Original Title Тіні забутих предків

Status Released

Release Information

  • September 3, 1965


Original Language Ukrainian

Runtime 1h 37m

Budget -

Revenue -



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