Director Eric Nazarian

Production year 2011

Length 19min.

Country Turkey


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.


Eric Nazarian
Eric Nazarian



Huseyin Karabey, Sevil Demirci


Eric Nazarian

Director of Photography

Emre Erkmen

Production designer

Emre Yurtseven, Meral Efe

Music by

Udi Hrant, Petag, Taniel Tuncer Koyuncu


Umut Senyol, Kostas Filyakidis


Mary Stephen


Jacky Nercessian, Serra Yilmaz, Gorkem Yeltan, Esin Harvey

Production company(ies)

Unutma Beni Istanbul Productions

Eric Nazarian

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 Academy of Motion Picture Art & Sciences Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting for his original screenplay, Giants. In 2008, The Blue Hour, his first feature film, the World Premiere of which took place at the San Sebastian IFF, won Grand Prix at the Yerevan Golden Apricot IFF (Armenian 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).

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