Partizak - little orchard, this is the name of the village where Armenians live exiled from Western Armenia. There, on the other side of Biblical Ararat their village was also called Partizak. A few have seen that side, that land. Old Mkhitar is one of them. His family is a kind of a model of the whole nation. The little mountainous village where he lives with his son, his daughter-in-law and his grandson is a model of the world.
CAST & CREW
Roland Sharoyan, David Safaryan, Grigor Danielyan
Director of Photography
David Safaryan, Karina Arakelyan
Yana Drouz, Karen Janibekyan, Gevorg Tovmasyan, Hrant Mnatsakanyan, Kamo Arzumanyan
In 1975, David Safarian graduated from the Fine Arts and Theatre Institute in Yerevan. From 1972-78, he was an actor at the State TV Theatre in Yerevan, assistant director and director at Armenian Documentary Film Studio. In 1983, he graduated from the Moscow Film Institute (VGIK). Since 1983, he has been a director at Armenfilm Studio. In 1991, he had special screening of films in Cinemathèque Française in Paris. Since 1991, he has been a member of the General Assembly of Cinemathèque Française. From 1995-2001, he made series of short documentaries about Armenian culture and history on German TV (ORB/SFB/RBB). In 1996, he had a Retrospective of films in Cinemathèque Française at the 60th Anniversary of the Cinemathèque in Paris. In 1999, there was a one-week screenings of his selected films in Berlin. From 2001-02, he was a Guest Professor at the Film and TV Department in the University of Kassel, Germany. In 2002, he founded Studio DS Film Production and Art Development Fund. From 2003-07, he was a Professor, co-heading the Film and TV Department at the University of Kassel, Germany. From 2001-16, he made Outstanding Personalities. 20th Century and Centuries’ Change portrait series using exclusively shot documentary footages with Marcel Marceau, Pope John Paul II, Krzysztof Penderecki and other eminent figures. Safaryan’s films are included in various collections of world film museums, have repeatedly presented Armenian films at international film festivals and have won prestigious awards.
Vocation (1975), Fire! (1983), The Forest (1985), However Odd, But Khokhlova (1986), Warmth-sickness (1990), 131st Catholicos (1995), The Lost Paradise (1992), 1700 (2001), Expectation (2002), Lullaby (2002), 28:94 Local Time (2015), Hot Country, Cold Winter (2016), Champion (2017), Shorzha Island (2018).