A special showcase of contemporary Armenian films.
Organized by the San Francisco-Bay Area Armenian Genocide Centennial Committee.
Co-sponsored by the Arab Film Festival
Friday, May 15
6:30pm Opening VIP Reception
8pm The Cut by Fatih Akin (Bay Area Premiere)
Saturday, May 16
4pm Armenian Genocide: 100 Years Later by Nicolas Jallot
short: Born in Adana by David Hovan
6pm Saroyanland by Lusin Dink (Bay Area Premiere)
short: Barking Island by Serge Avedikian
8pm 1915 by Garin Hovannisian and Alec Mouhibian (Bay Area Premiere)
Sunday, May 17
2pm Orphans of the Genocide by Bared Maronian
4pm The Cut by Fatih Akin
7pm Paradjanov by Olena Fetisova and Serge
Avedikian (Bay Area Premiere)
Tickets: $12 general / $10 student/senior
$25 Opening Night VIP Reception & Screening
(Friday, May 15)
$70 VIP All Access Pass (includes Reception)
$50 All Access Pass (excludes Reception)
The Cut by Fatih Akin (2014)
Mardin, 1915: one night, the Turkish police round up all the Armenian men in the city, including the young blacksmith, Nazaret Manoogian, who is separated from his family. Years later, after managing to survive the horrors of the genocide, he hears that his two daughters are also still alive. He becomes fixated on the idea of finding them and sets off to track them down. His search takes him from the Mesopotamian deserts and Havana to the barren and desolate prairies of North Dakota. On this odyssey, he encounters a range of very different people: angelic and kind-hearted characters, but also the devil incarnate.
Saroyanland by Lusin Dink (2013)
The author William Saroyan, the child of an exiled Armenian family, was born in the United States in 1908. He always portrayed himself as an American and a Bitlis-tsi, an Armenian from the city of Bitlis in Turkey. In 1964 he made a long voyage in Anatolia, leading him to his home town Bitlis. The docu-drama road movie tells the story of this voyage, making use of his own memoirs and short stories, as well as the accounts of his travelling companions. In Saroyan’s own words, told by a voice over, we see his anger, passion, longing for his homeland, ability of empathy and love of humankind. The script of the film, based on interviews, reenactment of Saroyan’s stories, and the author’s memoirs is a collage of his voyage in Turkey, told in his own words. While replicating Saroyan’s voyage 49 years later, we witness the self-discovery of a man, who by following the traces of his ancestors, also finds himself.
1915 The Movie by Garin Hovannisian and Alec Mouhibian (2015)
In 2015, exactly 100 years after the Armenian Genocide, a mysterious director is staging a play at the Los Angeles Theatre to honor the victims of that tragedy — a horrifying crime forgotten and denied for an entire century. But as protesters surround his theatre, and a series of strange accidents spread panic among his actors, it appears that Simon’s mission is profoundly dangerous — and the ghosts of the past are everywhere.
Paradjanov by Olena Fetisova and Serge Avedikian (2013)
In 1960, Soviet Armenian film director Sergei Paradjanov’s never ending feast of a life is twice changed: he is to become the father of a boy and of a movie. A hit in Europe, he receives a cold welcome in the USSR. He leaves Ukraine for Armenia, where his bohemian lifestyle is unchanged. Arrested on suspicion of sodomy, Paradjanov spends five long years in prison, where he finds salvation in art. Upon his release, he returns to Georgia, where he directs a new masterpiece of world cinema. Paradjanov was Ukraine’s official proposal for the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 2014 Academy Awards.