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Arsinée Khanjyan (Canada)
Arsinée Khanjyan (Canada)
Born in 1958 to Armenian parents living in Lebanon, Khanjian was raised in Beirut. When she was 17 her family moved to Montreal. She studied theatre in French at the Conservatoire Lasalle and received an undergraduate degree in Spanish and French at Concordia University. It was while she was pursuing her master's degree in political science that Khanjian met future husband and creative partner Egoyan at an audition for his feature debut, Next of Kin (1984). Khanjian moved to Toronto and finished her M.A. at the University of Toronto. She worked as an administrator for the Ontario Arts Council until the mid-'80s before quitting to pursue acting full-time; throughout the rest of the decade, Khanjian continued to appear in lead and supporting roles in Egoyan's films. The next decade brought with it increasing recognition and acclaim for Khanjian, who, in addition to starring in Egoyan's films, was also making a name for herself on television and the stage. She benefited from the increasing amount of international attention being paid to her husband's work, turning in well-received performances in both The Adjuster (1991) - which cast her as a film censor with some kinky pastimes - and Calendar (1993), an uncharacteristic comedy in which Khanjian played a translator opposite Egoyan. In 1994, the prize-winning success of Egoyan's Exotica at Cannes helped to introduce the actress to a wider audience; her portrayal of a pregnant strip club owner in the dark, labyrinthine film was strong enough to allow her to stand out from a talented cast that also included Elias Koteas, Don McKellar, and Mia Kirshner. After a turn as a distressed and very naked hotel room occupant in Olivier Assayas' widely acclaimed Irma Vep (1996), Khanjian played the grieving mother of a young boy killed in a bus crash in Egoyan's The Sweet Hereafter (1997). In the wake of the film's great international triumph, the actress - who was by now being referred to as one half of the royal couple of Canadian cinema - again worked with Assayas. Khanjian's subsequent collaboration with Egoyan was probably her most recognized to date: cast as the domineering cooking show-celebrity mother of a future serial killer (Bob Hoskins) in 1999's Felicia's Journey, the actress impressed a number of international critics with her humorous, slightly demented performance. In addition to her work in film, Khanjian has remained active on the Canadian stage and television, garnering a 1999 Genie Award for her performance in the TV series Foolish Heart.
Varouzh Karim-Masihi (Iran)
Varouzh Karim-Masihi (Iran)
Director, editor. Born 1952, Arak; Iran. After making shorts and working as assistant director, directed his only feature film The Last Act (1990) which was nominated for receiving the prizes in fifteen categories from FFF and awarded nine.
Vahagn Ter-Hakobyan (Armenia)
Vahagn Ter-Hakobyan (Armenia)
Born in 1958 in Yerevan. Since 1977 works in cinema. In 1988 graduated from the Cinematographers Department of VGIK. Since 1988 he worked as cinematographer at Armenfilm. Author of about 60 features, documentaries, commercials, and other.
Edgar Baghdasaryan (Armenia)
Edgar Baghdasaryan (Armenia)
Born in 1964 in Yerevan. In 1985 graduated from the Yerevan Veterinary Institute. 1986-87 director at Armconcert. Since 1988 he worked at Haik and Armenfilm studios as assistant director and film director.
Tigran Xmalian (Armenia)
Tigran Xmalian (Armenia)
Born in 1963, in Yerevan, Armenia. Graduated from Moscow Highest Courses for Film Directors and Screenplayers. Produced and directed three feature and ten documentary films which were awarded at the international film festivals in Russia, Turkey, Germany, Belarus, Ukraine.
Alin Tasciyan (Turkey)
Alin Tasciyan (Turkey)
Born in Istanbul in 1969. After she was graduated from the University of Istanbul, Faculty of Communications with a BA in Journalism and Public Relations in 1991, she began working in Milliyet. She is currently the film critic of Milliyet (daily) and an editor in Milliyet Art Review (monthly). She has worked for Turkish state television TRT 2 as a film critic between 1994 - 2006 (March).
Nigol Bezjian (Lebanon)
Nigol Bezjian (Lebanon)
Born 1955, Aleppo. Writer, Director, Producer. Immigrated to USA in 1974. Studied in New York School of Visual Arts and UCLA School of Film, Television and Thetre. Since 1997-2000 Executive Producer at Future TV International in Beirut, Lebanon. Director of many films and theater productions in USA and Lebanon.
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