Running at Event Cinemas Top Ryde from August 17 – 26, The Armenian Film Festival Sydney showcases the best of Armenian films and is the only platform of its kind in Australia.
Armenians have a long history of filmmaking, with iconic filmmakers such as Sergei Parajanov and Rouben Mamoulian taking centre stage in the last century. Contemporary filmmakers now provide a wide choice for film lovers.
The Armenian Film Festival Sydney was established in 2016, and has grown each year to include feature films, documentaries, animations, short films, in a broad range of genre.
The purpose of the Festival is to showcase the rich Armenian culture, resilience, history, and language through the medium of film, providing a platform for the talent, creativity and storytelling of Armenian and non-Armenian filmmakers from the international film industry. All films showcased at the Festival are hand-picked by the Committee members for this purpose.
In doing so, the festival aims to entertain and inspire their audiences, challenge perspectives and open dialogue about the many issues facing Armenians today.
Highlights this year include:
Bravo Virtuoso (opening night film)
Alik (Samvel Tadevosian) is a young virtuoso clarinettist of a classical orchestra whose existence is seriously threatened when its key sponsor is murdered. One night, Alik comes into possession of the mobile phone of a mysterious hitman called “The Virtuoso”, and takes on his role to save his orchestra – at all costs! But Alik is a virtuoso musician, not a murderer…
Armen & Me
The history of Levon and Armen whose paths diverged tragically 16 years ago, when they were just children. But one random encounter reveals the secrets of the past, and forces them both to confront their demons. A modern film with a talented cast and incredible soundtrack. This film took Armenia by storm following its premiere earlier in 2018.
A historical fairy-tale like story told through the eyes of a young brother and sister, who are left behind in the mass deportations of the Armenians in the Ottoman Empire in 1915. Bedo and Maryam, together with their wounded bird Bacik, embark on a journey to search for their mother. Suitable for all ages. Istanbul-based filmmakers Ela Alyamac and Aren Perdeci are guests of the festival and will participate in a post-screening Q&A.
A fun, adventurous comedy, full of car thefts, chases, poker games – and of course a love story. Mushko works in one of Yerevan’s most famous restaurants and is preparing to propose to his girlfriend. At the same time, his poker playing friend needs his help. A comedy of errors leads Mushko into a very unfortunate situation. A laugh-out-loud comedy with very memorable characters.
Crows of the Desert
A documentary based on the memoirs of Levon Yotnakhparian. The incredible true story of one man’s brave struggle to not only stay alive, but to help save his fellow Armenian survivors from near extinction in the 20th Century’s first genocide.
…and many more. For info, session times, and tickets, head over to the official site.