~ MFA Boston Armenian Film Festival
May 1, Friday, 7 pm , Opening Night Film $25.00 ($20 ticket for members, seniors, and students)
THE BLUE HOUR by Eric Nazarian , Followed by Reception
May 2, Saturday, 5 pm , $12.00 ($10 ticket for members, seniors, and students)
We Drank the Same Water (Nous avons bu le même eau) by Serge Avedikian preceded by Lux Aeterna and Terra Emota by Serge Avedikian and Levon Minasian
We Drank the Same Water (Nous avons bu le même eau) (France, 2007, 72 min.). When Serge Avédikian was invited to a theater festival in Istanbul in 1987, he could not resist crossing the Sea of Marmara to go and seek the town his Armenian grandfather lived in. The day he spent in this town left him with haunting memories. Incomplete, half-stolen images remained, revealing the furtive traces of an Armenian community forced to leave in the 1920s. Most of the film centers on Avédikian’s return to Soloz in 2006 and attempts to restore the dialogue between Armenians and Turks and enable people to turn their minds to the future without forgetting their past. In French with English subtitles. Lux Aeterna by Serge Avédikian and Levon Minasian (1998, 11 min.). On December 7, 1988, a terrible earthquake ravaged an entire region of Armenia, including its second-largest city, Leninakan. Several hours after the seismic shock, the directors began to film the devastation. Terra Emota by Serge Avédikian and Levon Minasian (1999, 10 min.). Ten years after the terrible earthquake that destroyed the city of Leninakan, the directors returned to the scene to record the city and its inhabitants.
May 2, Saturday, 8 pm , $12.00 ($10 ticket for members, seniors, and students)
The Mermaid (Rusalka) preceded by Ligne de Vie
The Mermaid(Rusalka) by Anna Melikyan, produced by Robert Dishdishyan. (Russia, 2008, 100 min). In this charming film, a young girl, Alisa, takes a vow of silence to protest her mother’s refusal to enroll her in ballet class. When her silence is mistaken for an intellectual disability, Alisa is sent to a special-needs school in a rural town. With the help of another student, Alisa discovers she can make people’s wishes come true. When she turns eighteen and moves to Moscow, she wonders if her extraordinary gift might also be a curse. Similar in style and tone to the French hit Amelie, Mermaid features digital deception to enhance the fantastical elements. The original Russian title refers to the water sprit of Slavic myth, also referenced in Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid.” In Russian with English subtitles. Ligne de Vie by Serge Avédikian (France, 2003, 12 min.) An animated short film about the Holocaust.
Float preceded by System
of a Down Music Videos
Float by Johnny Asuncion and Hrach Titizian (2008, 95 min). An ice cream parlor is the centerpiece of this quirky dramatic comedy with a unique visual style. Ray, the owner, separates from his long-time wife and decides to move in with his bachelor employees, Gevork and Ramon. Things get complicated when Ray’s daughter, Emily, arrives to help reconcile her parent’s relationship and forms a bond with Gevork, Ramon considers marrying a beautiful Armenian girl, but falls for her best friend, Tami instead. Float tells the stories of very different people trying to connect with each other and themselves. System of a Down Music Videos by various Armenian film makers. (12 min.). The four members of this Grammy Award winning American rock band are of Armenian origin and are know for their politically charged songs about Armenian Genocide, Capitalism, discrimination, and pacifism.
May 3, Sunday, 6 pm , $12.00 ($10 ticket for members, seniors, and students)
preceded by The Second Wind
Autumn (Sonbahar)(2008, 106 min.)by Ozan Alper, tells the story of a man struggling after his release after ten years as a political prisoner. He returns to his home near the Black Sea and falls in love with a Georgian prostitute. (Turkish, Georgian, Hamshen dialogue) A powerfully realized inner journey, this is a debut film by the first film maker from this region. The Second Wind by Varant Soudjian (France, 2008, 18 min.). The story of a young pickpocket living in a small village.