When Tarkovsky inscribed and sent his child’s drawing to the imprisoned Parajanov, who annotated and sent it to the blacklisted Vartanov for his son Martiros — Boy with a Movie Camera — he became their disciple.

His first film, The Last Film, dedicated to them, was released by Criterion, and his new film will be based on his book Boy with a Movie Camera.

After working on the restoration of the masterpiece The Color of Pomegranates, he’s now restoring the film Parajanov: The Last Spring with UCLA, thanks to Grammy-winning rock band System of a Down and Oscar-winning director Francis Ford Coppola. 

Vartanov also curates DOC LA, Los Angeles Documentary Film Festival, organized by the Parajanov-Vartanov Institute in Hollywood, and presents its annual awards whose honorees include such luminaries as Martin Scorsese and Emma Thompson.


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