2010 Film Festival
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Armenian Dramatic Arts Alliance
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ARMY OF CRIME (L’Armee du Crime)
A film by Robert Guediguian
The festival’s opening feature is the story of the Armenian poet Missak Manouchian, who leads a mixed bag of youngsters and immigrants in a clandestine battle against the Nazi occupation in Paris in 1944. Twenty-two men and one woman fight for a political ideal and for freedom.
Marseille in December 1953, Robert Guédiguian
is a French film director, actor, screenwriter and producer. Robert anchors
his films in social reality, flirting with militancy. His films are strongly
marked by the local and regional environment of the city of Marseille,
and in particular L'Estaque, (north-west Marseille), for example in Marius
et Jeannette. He’s one of the founders of Agat Films & CIE -
Ex Nihilo film societies. In 2000, he directed Ariane Ascaride in Evelyne
Pieller's play, Le Grand Theatre at Chaillot's National Theater. Guédiguian's
latest film, Army of Crime was screened out of competition at the 2009
Cannes Film Festival before receiving critical reviews and a wide release
in France. The director has garnered prestigious awards such as The Grand
Prix du jury San Sebastian for A La Place Du Coeur, the European Critic's
reward for La Ville Est Tranquille, and the Apricot D'Argent award for
Le Voyage En Armenie at the Gold Apricot International Film Festival.
There have been several retrospectives on Robert's work worldwide, including
the United States and United Kingdom.
(15 min. Animation, French with English subtitles)
* Winner: Palme d'Or, Cannes, 2010 *
Constantinople 1910. The streets are overrun with stray dogs.bThe newly-established government, influenced by a model of Western society, uses European experts to choose a method of eradication before deciding, suddenly and alone, to massively deport the dogs to a deserted island away from the city.
Serge Avédikian is an actor and French director, of Armenian origin. It was born in Arménie Soviet by accident, in fact its parents were born in France, since its grandparents that them were born in Anatolie, had come themselves there to install, after the genocide of the Armenians in the Empire Ottoman. In 1947 they left to live in Soviet Arménie, as of other patriots, thinking to be able to rebuild a country. The family returned in France in 1970. Serge has first does the conservatory of dramatic art to become theater actor, then it created a company and does the present. From 1978 it began turning in films of movie, all while continuing to do the theater. In 1982 it begins realizing films documentaries, then from 1990 of the more personal films, shorts and longs of fictions, all while continuing to play theater, to the movies and to the television. It created a corporation of production and produced most of its films, up to 2000. Aujourd'hui, it realizes animations films, documentaries and fictions, and continuous to work uniformly as actor.
Saturday, October 30
FROM ARARAT TO ZION
(documentary, 2009, 70 min, in English)
Following the paths taken by Armenian Pilgrims over the last 2000 years, this documentary is a tribute to those who have contributed to the preservation of spiritual traditions and Christian legacy in the Holy Land. Striking scenes of the Church of Holy Sepulcher by night, the colorful spectacles of Easter in Jerusalem, the Ceremony of Holy Light, Mount Sinai in Egypt, the monasteries of the Judean Desert, and the summit of Mount Ararat create exquisite visual tapestries.
Edgar Baghdasaryan’s debut film, "Games" (1990), won highest award as the best short film at several debut films festivals, e.g. in Clermon-Ferran (France), Riga (Latvia). The full-length, b/w feature film "The Black Wall", known also as "Outflow" (1997) received Grand Prix (shared with Alexander Sokurov's film) at "Private Look" Film Festival, Armenia; Special Prize of the Jury at Varna International Film Festival, Bulgaria; and FIPRESI Prize at Cottbus nternational Film Festival, Germany. His fulllength documentary "The Land of Holy Rites" (2001) has participated in numerous festivals and received FIPRESI Prize at "Golden Apricot" International Film Festival, Armenia; Grand Prix and prizes in some other nominations at Pan-Armenian Festival of Spiritual Movies. The full-length feature film "Mariam" (2005) won the award for "Best Script" at "New Cinema of 21st Century" International Film Festival in Russia.
(In Armenian with English subtitles, 29 mins.)
* Winner: Cinefoundation Prize at the Cannes International Film Festival, 2010
A film that chronicles desperation and mourning in the economically and culturally marginalized Armenian quarter of Beirut (Lebanon) through a weave of allegorical narratives. In a panic, Hrag has stolen his father’s gun and fled home. As father searches for son, both discover paths to personal freedom in a city that offers no escape.
Vatche Boulghourjian is a filmmaker and video artist based in Beirut and New York. Much of his work focuses on questions of identity, and political and social narratives of the Middle East. He has directed, shot, and edited several documentaries, short and experimental films. Hinkerort Zorasune (The Fifth Column) is Boulghourjian’s thesis film at the Graduate Film Program of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. It premiered at the Cinéfondation Program of the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, Official Selection, where it was awarded Third Prize.
Mount Athos, The Monk's Republic
A film by Eddy Vicken and Yvon Bertorello
(Documentary, 2009, 52 mins, English Subtitles)
Mount Athos is an autonomous theocratic republic, situated in the north of Greece, which has its own institutions such as government, police, parliament, customs etc. Founded by Byzantine Emperor Nicephore Phocas in 963, this unique enclave, with a thousand-year-old history, has been forbidden to women and cameras. It took 6 years, hundreds of letters and several trips to get partial authorisations in order to film inside the Monk’s Republic. In the breathtaking landscapes live thousands of monks in many monasteries, conceived like real fortresses. The monasteries possess the second largest library of Christianity.
Eddy Vicken began as an assistant director, an editor and a cameraman. He began as an author and a director of a series entitled “Ces messieurs de la famille”, dedicated to the French movie makers of the Golden Age of Cinema. During the shooting of these portraits, he collaborated with living legends such as Jane Fonda, Claudia Cardinale and Brigitte Bardot. While still working on the series, together with his co-author, Yvon Bertorello he initiated the film on an ancient monastic republic, called Mount Athos. Vicken’s motivation stems from the rarity of the subject. The challenge of filming a documentary in remote and absolutely secluded places, with a minimal amount of equipment, or with utterly unapproachable subjects, are a main trigger when opting for films. Vicken holds belief that whatever seems impossible must then be done.
Sunday, October 31
A film by Nouritza Matossian
(Documentary, 50 minutes, in Armenian with English subtitles)
This unique documentary film is based on private conversations between Matossian and late journalist Hrant Dink. Dink talks freely of his weekly paper Agos, the Armenian Genocide, his attempts to reconcile Armenians and Turks, and even his own death. Charged three times with “insulting Turkishness,” Dink ignored death threats and warnings to leave Turkey and was assasinated in 2007. Heart of Two Nations was awarded Audience’s First Choice at the Pomegranate Film Festival, Toronto.
Nouritza Matossian is a writer, actor, film-maker, broadcaster & human rights activist. She was born in Cyprus, educated in the UK, speaks 9 languages. She writes on the arts, contemporary music, history and Armenia. Matossian published the seminal biography & critical study of the Greek composer Iannis Xenakis, (1985) which she adapted for a 50min BBC2 documentary). Nouritza Matossian was the first writer to research & reveal the true Armenian history & sources of the American Armenian artist in her biography, Black Angel, A Life of Arshile Gorky in 1998. She launched the book by writing, producing and acting a one woman show, The Double Life of Arshile Gorky, still playing after a hundred performances worldwide. Her findings of 30 years’ travel in Turkey and Armenia inspired director Atom Egoyan to option her book. In his award-winning movie Ararat, (2004) he cast Simon Abkarian as Gorky, and Arsinee Khanjian as the lead character Ani, was based on Nouritza Matossian herself. Matossian’s close collaboration with Hrant Dink, the Istanbul Armenian editor, on a film project was cut off by his horrifying assassination in January 2007. Matossian organized a commemorative evening with English PEN, Amnesty and other human rights groups where she first screened a 14 minute rough cut of her private footage with Hrant Dink. The short film was widely praised for its intimate portrayal and political impact. She then produced a 45 minute version, Heart of Two Nations, Hrant Dink, a film of in-depth conversations written and directed by her. It was short-listed for a prize at the Golden Apricot Yerevan Film Festival in July, 2008. On 25th September 2008 Heart of Two Nations opened the Pomegranate Armenian Film Festival in Toronto. The public voted it their favourite and awarded Nouritza Matossian the First Prize. She is currently developing a new documentary film on Hrant Dink.
A film by Stephane Kazandjian
(2008, in French with English subtitles, 100 minutes)
The festival closes with this very French, musical romantic comedy. It’s the story of dreams, encounters, break-ups, and reconciliations—in short, the kind of wonderful love story that you only find in the movies.
Stephane Kazandjian is a writer / director based in Paris. "Modern Love" is his second feature film. After directing what is now considered the first French teen movie "Sexy Boys" in 2001, he wanted to pay homage to a genre he loved : the romantic comedy. "I wanted Woody Allen to meet Bridget Jones and Gene Kelly". He's currently finishing his third film, a mocumentary about a media-craved business man. He also wrote the feature length 3D animation movie "A Monster in Paris", directed by "Shark Tale" director, Bibo Bergeron to be released in 2011.
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