Bolis tells the story of Armenak Muradian, a Diaspora Armenian oud musician and the descendant of Genocide survivors, who returns to Istanbul to participate in an oud festival. Arriving with mixed emotions and a 1909 photograph of his grandfather, Armenak returns to his family’s old neighborhood in Kadikoy on a quest to find the location of his grandfather's turn-of-the-century oud shop and a family heirloom that disappeared on April 24, 1915. What unfolds is a serendipitous encounter with Reyhan, a Turkish widow whose antique store is the exact location where Armenak’s grandfather’s oud shop used to be.
Best Short Film | AFFMA IF, USA, 2011
CAST & CREW
Huseyin Karabey, Sevil Demirci
Director of Photography
Emre Yurtseven, Meral Efe
Udi Hrant, Petag, Taniel Tuncer Koyuncu
Umut Senyol, Kostas Filyakidis
Jacky Nercessian, Serra Yilmaz, Gorkem Yeltan, Esin Harvey
Production Company Unutma Beni, Istanbul Productions
Born 1976, Yerevan, Armenia. Eric Nazarian is a Los Angeles-based filmmaker and screenwriter, a graduate of the University of Southern California's School of Cinema-Television. He received the prestigious Academy of Motion Picture Art & Sciences Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting for his original screenplay, Giants. In 2008, The Blue Hour, his first feature film, which World Premiere took place at the San Sebastian IFF, won Grand Prix of the Yerevan Golden Apricot IFF (Amenian Panorama) and the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury.
A Quiet Passion (1999) Requiem for a Bolshevik (1999), Erotas (1999) , The Blue Hour (2007), Bolis (2011).