Lost Paradise
Lost Paradise

Lost Paradise

Director David Safarian

Production year 1991

Length 72min.

Country Armenia


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.


David Safarian
David Safarian



Roland Sharoyan, David Safaryan, Grigor Danielyan

Director of Photography

Ashot Mkrtchyan

Production designer

Grigor Torosyan

Music by

Stepan Lusikyan


Anna Drozhenko


David Safaryan, Karina Arakelyan


Yana Drouz, Karen Janibekyan, Gevorg Tovmasyan, Hrant Mnatsakanyan, Kamo Arzumanyan

David Safarian

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).