The main character is an 80-year-old Garabed, whose mother miraculously survived the 1915 Armenian Genocide. He tries to preserve the memory of the lost Motherland in his Americanized offsprings. That’s how he can save the family from mutual alienation and rift. Garabed himself believes it is his duty to publicly burn the Turkish flag in front of the Turkish Embassy every year on April 24. This is the only form of protest accessible to him. Such stunts irritate Garabed’s son Dikran, who has to pay fines for his father, and bring up total disagreement with his 17-year-old grandson, who is even in love with his female classmate of Turkish origin studying in the USA. Garabed’s stubborn and uncompromising character is costly for his family.
CAST & CREW
Mikhail Baghdasarov, Martun Adoyan, Gevorg Gevorgyan
Armen Vatyan, Aren Vatyan
Director of Photography
Jean Pierre Nshanyan, Aren Vatyan, Arevik Martirosayn, Günışığı Zan, Karen Jangiryan
Mika Limited Paradise National Cinema Center of Armenia
Born 1975, Echmiadzin, Armenia. Moved to Russia with his family when he was 2. In 1995 entered the All-Russian State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK), Film Photography Department. Graduated in 2000 and continued with postgraduate studies. In 1999 his graduation film The Left-hander about the childhood of Adolf Hitler, was selected for participation in 52nd Cannes IFF and was awarded with the festival diploma. In 2000 he was awarded as the Best Director of Photography at VGIK IFF. He is a prize-winner of Russian and international film festivals. He made a clip about Armenia for the French channel Euronews
The Left-hander (1999), Wet Cat (2004), Fire, Water and Diamonds (2007), Je suis Armenien (2008), Gerard Depardieu, the Wine-maker (2009), Sunrise over Lake Van (2011)
Born 24/09/1962, Yerevan. Graduated from Yerevan State University of Architecture and Construction. Worked at Radiophysical Measurement Institute . He has lots of short films, including “Maneken” short-series, “Poprishchin” and “Anna Karenina”, where he acted as an art director and animator.
Poprishchin (2007), Maneken (2011)