The Color Of Pomegranate — a film of poetic beauty, meditative and symbolic, is now accompanied by soundscapes of Nicolas Jaar.
The experience is truly unique — the 1969 avant-garde visuals blent with hypnotic electronica of today — the time machine travel through cultures and arts to begin with.
The film is directed by Soviet and Armenian Sergei Parajanov, one of the 20th century's greatest masters of cinema. It tells a life story of the 18th-century poet and musician Sayat-Nova, his ideas of love and faith, in a purely visual manner with not a single spoken dialogue — a definite advantage for Nicolas Jaar in my opinion.
The art is perceived intuitively through senses, when the words can speak to our consciousness at times too direct leaving little for the imagination. Indeed, after sinking into The Color Of Pomegranate, there is a moment when you forget you watch it with your eyes and listen with your ears - you find yourself in some sort of meditative state of being.
Being born in the Soviet Union, I remember this film from my childhood years as a fairy tale. Though watching it now felt completely different — much more profound and unifying. I wonder if it felt similar to Nicolas Jaar, an American-Chilean musician with his own cultural heritage, though same understanding of the symbolic nature of art.