Yerevan's Sergei Parajanov Museum Added to "Treasure of European Film Culture"

The European Film Academy awards the Sergei Parajanov Museum in Yerevan the title "Treasure of European Film Culture"

Founded in 1988, the year of the first European Film Awards for which Parajanov was nominated as Director of the Year, the Sergei Parajanov Museum in Yerevan opened in 1991 and ever since has been dedicated to one of Europe's most fascinating film artists. 

Inventing his own cinematic style Sergei Parajanov rose to international fame with films like SAYAT NOVA (1969, also titled THE COLOUR OF POMEGRANATES), SHADOWS OF OUR ANCESTORS (1965, also titled WILD HORSES OF FIRE), THE LEGEND OF THE SURAMI FORTRESS (1985) and ASHUK-KERIB (1988, sometimes also titled THE LOVELORN MINSTREL). 

Comprising some 1,600 exhibits, the museum's collection includes installations, collages, drawings, puppets and sketches as well as personal belongings and correspondence. 

During a ceremony the special "Treasure of European Film Culture" emblem was inaugurated at the museum building.

With this title the European Film Academy wishes to raise public awareness for places of a symbolic nature for European cinema, places of historical value that need to be maintained and protected not just now but also for generations to come.

The Sergei Parajanov Museum  is the seventh location to be awarded by the European Film Academy. The first six institutions that were adopted to be part of the "Treasures of European Film Culture" list were:

The Eisenstein Memorial Centre in Moscow
The House of the brothers Lumière in Lyon
The Bergman Center in Faro
The World of Tonino Guerra in Pennabilli
The Potemkin Stairs in Odessa
The Vienna Giant Ferris Wheel

The list of Treasures of European Film Culture will continue to be added to over the years and contain places that can be visited such as the Sergei Parajanov Museum.