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13TH ANNUAL ARPA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Synopsis:

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21ST & THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 23RD TO SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 26TH

AFFMA PRESENTS:

13th Annual Arpa International Film Festival

September 2010 at the Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood

WEBSITE: www.affma.org

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Tickets: Individual Screenings $10 ($12 at the door); Please consider the All-Access Pass for great savings if attending several events.
If you are not able to make it to the 2010 festival, please consider making a donation!


TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21ST: OPENING NIGHT

6:30PM
The Festival's Opening Night Gala will launch an exclusive screening of Amo Bek-Nazaryan's 1926 silent epic Namus (Honor) based on the play of the same name by Alexander Shirvanzade who also penned the screenplay. The North American premiere of the newly restored print, the first full-length feature ever produced in Armenia, traces the moral portrait of a patriarchal society and the fate of a young woman, as determined by the values and traditions of male domination.

To mark this unique showing, Namus will be screened inthe Egyptian courtyard followed by a celebration of under the auspices of the Consul General of the Republic of Armenia.Co-sponsored by the Armenian American Chamber of Commerce, the celebration will present a cultural array of foods, beverages, and entertainment.



THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 23RD:

4:30PM
DE PERE EN FLIC (FATHER AND GUNS)
Dir. Emile Gaudreault
2009, 107 min., LA PREMIERE Francophone-Fest Cinema, Quebec

They are father and son.They are both cops. And they are about to work together as a team. Troubleis... neither can stand the sight of the other.

7:00PM
CELEBRATING Sérge Avedikian - CHIENNE D'HISTOIRE (BARKING ISLAND)/ MISSION ACCOMPLIE

CHIENNE D'HISTOIRE (BARKING ISLAND)
Dir. Sérge Avedikian
2010, 15 min., France, Turkey, US PREMIERE

Constantinople 1910, the newly-established government, influenced by a model of Western society, uses European experts to choose a method of eradication before deciding, suddenly and alone, to massively deport the dogs to a deserted island away from the city.

***Winner Palme d’Or for Short Film – 2010 Cannes Film Festival. Sérge Avedikian will attend the Festival

7:30PM - SPIELBERG THEATRE - LES BARRONS/AZUL IMAZIGHEN

LES BARRONS (THE BARRONS)
Dir. Nabil Ben Yadir
2009, 111 min., Belgium, France, Francophone-Fest Cinema

Somewhere in modern-day Brussels, Hassan, Azizand Mounir are three friends who lead a life of pleasant apathy.

8:40PM
COUER ANIMAL (ANIMAL HEART)
Dir. Séverine Cornamusaz
2009, 91 min., Switzerland, Francophone-Fest Cinema/LA PREMIERE

This person whom he doesn’t know how to love and who is now falling prey to a gnawing disease.

10:15PM - SPIELBERG THEATRE
LES OUBLIES DE L'HISTOIRE
Dir. Hassan Benjelloun
2010 115 min., Morocco, Francophone-Fest Cinema/ US PREMIERE

Azzouz decides to immigrate towards Belgium, in search of a better life.

10:30PM - SOUNDS OF BEIRUT/A WOMAN FROM KYRANNIS

SOUNDS OF BEIRUT
Dir. Seth Koury
2010 55 min., Lebanon, USA, Francophone-Fest Cinema

‘Sounds of Beirut’ is a documentary that was filmed in Lebanon weeks after a major armed conflict that nearly cast the country back into civil war as militias battled on the streets of Beirut.



FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 24TH:

4:30PM
ZIMBABWE/THE THIRD RIDER

ZIMBABWE
Dir. Anjuli Hinds
2009, 16 min., USA

Amidst the turmoil and uncertainty of a militant regime, two young children of Zimbabwe are forced into a fight they hardly understand when they are pitted one against the other during a sudden farm invasion.”

THE THIRD RIDER
Dir. Gor Baghdasaryan
2008, 60 min., Armenia, NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

Armenia is one of the most mono-ethnic countries in the world. In Armenian with English subtitles.

7:30PM
J. MICHAEL HAGOPIAN - AGHET: EIN VOLKERMORD

AGHET: EIN VOLKERMORD (AGHET: A GENOCIDE)
Dir. Eric Friedler
2010, 90 min., Germany, OPENING NIGHT FILM

Raphael Lemkin, the father of the 1948 UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, called it the first systematically executed genocide of the 20th century.

10:15PM
NIGHTBEASTS
Dir. Wes Sullivan
2009, 80 min., USA

A father and son on a weekend hunting trip encounter supernatural horror in the woods.



SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 25TH:

10:00AM - SPIELBERG THEATRE
ORPHANS OF THE GENOCIDE/THE BLUE BOOK

THE BLUE BOOK
Dir. Gagik Karagheuzian
2009, 77 min., Turkey, United Kingdom

Historian Ara Sarafian endeavors to expose Turkish state denial of the Armenian Genocide.

11:00AM
SOY MILK
Dir. Veeran Naran
2010, 7 min., Australia

DESTINATION WATERTOWN: THE ARMENIANS OF HOOD RUBBER
Dir. Roger K. Hagopian
2009, 68 min., USA, WEST COAST PREMIERE

In 1896 the Hood Rubber Company opened in Watertown, Massachusetts, attracting Armenian immigrant laborers.

12:00PM
THE GIFT OF THE MAGI
Dir. Toshikazu Ishii
2010, 12 min., Animation, Japan

A heartwarming story about Jim, an apprentice magician, and his wife, Della, set on Christmas Day.

DOWN HERE (ICI-BAS)
Dir. Comes Chahbazian
2010, 55 min., Belgium, France, Armenia, NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

Loss of family space, workspace, urban space and memory space.

1:00PM
THE LADY WITH THE DOG/FINDING GAUGIN

2:00PM - SPIELBERG THEATRE
TELEFONE
Dir. Jeffrey Bliss
2010, 4 min., USA

Amidst the loneliness of two isolated individuals, mysterious gift boxes containing rotary telephones begin appearing around them with the promise of connection to better times and places.

SILENT NOISE - PULSE
Dir. Prince Bagdasarian
2010, 6 min., Music Video, USA

When you don’t want to be saved… English

SKETCHI
Dir. Lily Sun
2010, 2 min., Animation, Canada

A girl struggles to revive her beloved dog.

LITTLE ALIEN
Dir. Nina Kusturica
2009, 94 min., Austria, Greece, Morocco, Slovakia, Spain

They are teenagers who fled crisis regions and undertook an extremely dangerous journey to Europe, all alone, hoping for one thing: to live.

3:15PM
AKHTAMAR
Dir. The Shammasian Brothers
2009, 19 min., United Kingdom, Armenia

On a stormy night, a mysterious taxi driver (Armen Dzhigarkhanyan) is hailed by a handsome, young Muscovite (Grigory Dobrygin) who has traveled to Armenia to meet his girlfriend (Ravshana Kurkova). In Russian with English subtitles

NAMUS (HONOR)
Dir. Hamo Bek-Nazarian
1926, 83 min., Armenia, NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE OF RESTORED VERSION

Young lovers Seyran and Susan meet a tragic fate because of the patriarchal prejudices of their parents. In Armenian with English subtitles.

4:30PM - SPIELBERG THEATRE
BONDED PARALLELS
Dir. Hovhannes Galstyan
2009, 91 min., Norway, France, Armenia, WEST COAST PREMIERE

At the end of World War II, Hanna gives temporary asylum to a prisoner of war, Arakel, hiding him in her hut in southern Norway.

5:30PM
HINKERORT ZORASUNE (THE FIFTH COLUMN)
Dir. Vatche Boulghourjian
2010, 29 min., Short, Lebanon, USA, US PREMIERE

The Fifth Column chronicles desperation and mourning in the Armenian quarter of Beirut through a weave of allegorical narratives. Official selection and third prize winner of the Cinefondation at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. In Armenian with English subtitles

TALES FROM KARS (Kars Öyküleri)
Dir. Özcan Alper (Moto Guzzi)
2010, 81 min., Turkey, US PREMIERE

The movie features six short films surrounding various characters from Kars who were selected from a contest held by the Ankara Cinema Association’s Festival on Wheels.

Moto Guzzi - Twelve-year-old Yusuf, who lives in a town near Kars, has to cycle miles every day to get to school, even in the brutal winter.

Ashes - Nazl’s childhood is a period of her life she has never come to terms with.

Zilo - Seven-year-old Zilo, who lives in Kars, has just one friend: a chick she’s inseparable from.

Open Wound - Ozan, a university student, returns to his village on receiving the news that his grandmother has died. Back in the village, he finds out a lot about the past of his father, an inwardly angry man.

A Small Truth - Celal Bey is known popularly as ‘the Athlete,’ except that no one knows where the nickname comes from.

6:30PM - SPIELBERG THEATRE
THE LONELY TADEH
Dir. Hossein Homayounfar
2008, 20 min., Iran, NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

St. Tadeh Church was built on the tomb of St. Tadeh between the 4th and 6th centuries. In Farsi with English Subtitles

I DREAM (YERAZUM EM)
Dir. Hrachya Zakaryan
2008, 18 min., Armenia, Nagorno-Karabakh, NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

An appeal for peace, I Dream takes place on the front line of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone where an Armenian military unit takes up position. In Armenian with English subtitles.

YEREK YEREKO (THREE EVENINGS)
Dir. Arshak Amirbekyan
2009, 64 min., Armenia

Love turns into memories. Memories turn into dreams. Only compassion is real… In Armenian with English subtitles

8:00PM
NUIT BLANCHE
Dir. Arev Manoukian
2009, 5 min., Canada

Nuit Blanche explores a fleeting moment between two strangers, revealing their brief connection in a hyperreal fantasy.

LAST STOP "FRIENDSHIP"
Dir. Kris Kertenian
2009, 90 min., USA, WORLD PREMIERE

Former best friends George and Hank are reunited after George’s son’s tragic death.

8:30PM - SPIELBERG THEATRE
I LIKE IT (A ME MI GUSTA)
Dir. Ralph Kinnard
2009, 1h 27min., Venezuela

Margarita Garcia has a dream: become a great chef, but not in her home country.

10:30PM - SPIELBERG THEATRE
CHARENTS: IN SEARCH OF MY ARMENIAN POET
Dir. Shareen Anderson
2009, 98 min., Armenia, WEST COAST PREMIERE

Charents: In Search of My Armenian Poet explores the life and work of one of Armenia’s best-loved poets, Eghishe Charents, who was tragically killed under mysterious circumstances in a Stalinist prison in 1937.

10:30PM
SHORTS PROGRAMS:

A NICE OLD-FASHIONED ROMANCE
Dir. Ara Soudjian
2010, 14 min., USA

A romantic comedy about a misunderstood fifth grade boy who gets caught in the middle of a romance between his teacher and the school principal. Based on a short story by William Saroyan.

DRAIN DESERT TANNER
Dir. Shant Hamassian
2009, 7 min., USA

Tim Tanner is a forensics investigator who finds himself in a sticky situation.

JASMIN & JOSEPHINE
Dir. Christopher J. Boghosian
2009, 10 min., USA

A young woman demonstrates extraordinary love in an ordinary way.

BLACK OPS ARABESQUE
Dir. Jared Drake
2010, 5 min., USA

A secret service agent yearns to be a dancer.

INTERROGATION
Dir. Ryan Reels
2010, 18 min., USA

After performing at a concert, a beautiful young cellist of Middle Eastern descent ends up in a squalid interrogation room across from a wicked American military officer intent on retrieving a mysterious set of numbers from her.

THE PHOTOGRAPHER
Dir. Shahan Melkonian
2009, 8 min., Argentina, Clombia, USA, United Kingdom

A lonely photographer, plagued by the memory of a lost love, the dark streets of the city, her mysterious return one night… In English.

CONNECT
Dir. Robert Nazar Arjoyan
2010, 15 min., USA

A romantic clash of cultures.

POWER POISON
Dir. Vahram Hakobyan
2009, 33 min., USA

A money laundering criminal outfit trying to stay as low profile and virtuous as possible finds itself assisting and then fighting a new terrorist attack while its rising star tries to figure where he fits.



SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 26TH - CLOSING NIGHT

11:00AM
SCIENTISTS UNDER ATTACK – GENETIC ENGINEERING MAGNETIC FIELD OF MONEY
Dir. Bertram Verhaag
2009, 88 min., Germany, USA

This is a documentary thriller about how Agro-Chemical multinational corporations victimize international scientists to prevent them from publishing their scary findings. In German and English.

1:00PM
HINKERORT ZORASUNE (THE FIFTH COLUMN)
Dir. Vatche Boulghourjian
2010, 29 min., Short, Lebanon, USA, US PREMIERE

The Fifth Column chronicles desperation and mourning in the Armenian quarter of Beirut through a weave of allegorical narratives. Official selection and third prize winner of the Cinefondation at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. In Armenian with English subtitles

RIGHT TO EXIT
Dir. Anna Terean
2010, 80 min., USA, UPDATED & EXTENDED

The real story of the notorious Dr. Jack Kevorkian.

3:15PM
AKHTAMAR
Dir. The Shammasian Brothers
2009, 19 min., United Kingdom, Armenia

On a stormy night, a mysterious taxi driver (Armen Dzhigarkhanyan) is hailed by a handsome, young Muscovite (Grigory Dobrygin) who has traveled to Armenia to meet his girlfriend (Ravshana Kurkova). In Russian with English subtitles

FROM ARARAT TO ZION
Dir. Edgar Baghdasaryan
2010, 71 min., Armenia, Egypt, Israel, Turkey, US PREMIERE

The film follows the paths taken by Armenian pilgrims traveling between two focal points of history – from Mount Ararat to Zion, from A to Z. In Armenian with English subtitles.

7:00PM
CLOSING NIGHT GALA AWARDS & RECEPTION



 

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