Salt and Bread
Salt and Bread

Salt and Bread

Director Arj-Aspet Shermazanyan

Production year 2017

Length 20min.

Country Armenia/Russia


The film is based on  the Biblical  Parable of the Prodigal Son and tells  about a village, cut off from the world  and  hidden in the mountains of Lori, Armenia. The village has  its own way of life and a special value system of pride and dignity. The village tradition of ''salt and bread'' still works to these days. For long years villagers had not forgotten the story of a man, who stole his father's fortune and went  abroad . No one knows   his whereabouts,  and what  he is doing. His elder brother's heart is full of revenge.


Arj-Aspet Shermazanyan
Arj-Aspet Shermazanyan



Hovhannes Shermazanyan, Pavel Mikhaylovsky, Artak Serovani-Ohanyan


Arj-Aspet Shermazanyan; Art Superviser: Alexandr Kott

Director of Photography

Konstantin Mazov


Oleg Nikolaev


Nikolay Volkov, Vladimir Kott, Arj-Aspet Shermazanyan


Khoren Levonyan, Arsen Levonyan, Sevada Grigoryan.

Arj-Aspet Shermazanyan

Film director, scriptwriter. From 2010 to 2012, he studied at the Yerevan State Institute of Theatre and Cinematography, in Film Criticism Department (Aneta Erznkian's workshop). In parallel he took part to Golden Apricot's year-long film school's higher courses and passed master classes of renowned directors Jos Stelling, Krzysztof Zanussi, Abbas Kiarostami, among others. In 2012, he eneterd the Russian State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) in Moscow, where he studied feature filmmaking under Alexander and Vladimir Kott. In 2017, with his fellow student filmmakers he founded the Vanart Film Company, which is specialised in short films, advertising and music video production. Some of his short films were awarded at film festivals. He also authored numerous short stories and articles.


My Uncle Albert (2013), Do Not Steal (2014), Kill a Man (2015, short), Amnesia (2016, short) , 4 Wanted (2017, short), Salt and Bread (2017, short).

FILMS 2017