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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.

Drama | 90 min | Russia | 2018 | Dir: Maxim Airapetov | AGES 15+ I Armenian with English subtitles

Bravo Virtuoso

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…

BLACK COMEDY | 92 min | Armenia | 2016 | Dir: Levon Minassian | Ages 15+ / Armenian, Russian with English subtitles

Lost in Armenia

A French comedian finds himself stuck in an Armenian village after performing a show on the other side of the border. Lost without a visa or mobile phone, not speaking the language, he quickly understands he is mistaken for someone else as he is adopted as a saviour by the local people.‎ Stars Arsinee Khanjian.

Drama | 90 min | France | 2016 | Dir: Serge Avedikian | Ages 15+ | Armenian, French with English subtitles

Crows of the Desert

CROWS OF THE DESERT: A hero’s journey through the Armenian Genocide is 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. World War I was raging in the Middle East, as Britain’s Lawrence of Arabia fought side by side with the Arabs against the Ottoman Empire. Caught up in the chaos, Levon barely escaped with his own life, time and again. Risking extreme peril, he returned to this dangerous realm to lead a small expeditionary group to rescue the scattered, destitute survivors of the Armenian Genocide. Along the way, the rescuers risked their lives countless times, endured unimaginable hardships, and crossed paths with some of the 20th century’s most legendary figures, including Prince Faisal, Lawrence of Arabia, Sarah Aaronsohn and the El-Attraches. The story reveals how people from a variety of different cultures and faiths: Christians, Muslims, Druze and Jews, stepped forward to help the Armenian refugees. Extraordinarily rare film and photographs as well as recently rediscovered documents have been gathered from archives around the world, to reveal the terror and heroism in this incredible story which took place a century ago in the Syrian Desert.

CROWS OF THE DESERT: A Hero’s Journey through the Armenian Genocide I Documentary | 61 min | USA | 2016 | Dir: Marta Houske | Ages 15+ | English


Yeva is a young woman who escapes her influential in-laws with her daughter Nareh, after her husband’s tragic death, and takes refuge in one of the villages of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabagh). Yeva is a complete stranger in this village and is obliged to live her daily life in disguise. However, it is a village where she has a past and the villagers begin to wonder what secrets she is hiding. YEVA was Armenia’s submission for the Best Foreign Film category at the 2018 Academy Awards.

Drama | 94 min | Armenia/Iran | 2017 | Dir: Anahid Abad | AGES 15+ | Armenian with English subtitles

Poker AM

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.

Comedy | 101 min | Armenia | 2012 | Dir: David Babakhanyan | Ages 18+ | Armenian, Georgian with English subtitles

Lost Birds

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. Beautifully told. For young and young at heart.

Drama, Family | 90 min | Turkey | Dir: Ela Alyamac, Aren Perdeci | PG 8+ | Turkish with English subtitles

The Path of our Dreams

Our heart-warming closing film THE PATH OF OUR DREAM is by 7 directors and features 7 unique stories. Each story is based on true events and reflects the lives of ordinary people. Each character is one of us, searching for happiness. Longing, sense of duty, belief, anticipation, a smile, a newfound dream… What can unite people and make human relationships better and warmer? A wonderful, feel-good film to close the festival.

Drama | 122 min | Armenia, Turkey, France | Dir: Aram Shahbazyan, Arka Manukyan, Aren Malakyan, Edgar Baghdasaryan, Hrachya Keshishyan, Arshaluys Harutyunyan, Mher Mkrtchyan | Ages 15+ | Armenian with English subtitles


TANIEL looks at the last months of poet Taniel Vaoujan’s life, who was murdered in the Armenian Genocide of 1915. TANIEL pays homage to the great poet through narrative heard through Varoujan’s emotive poetry, and dramatic visuals in the Film Noir style.

Drama | 20 min | Armenia / UK | 2018 | Dir: Garo Berberian | Ages 15+ | Armenian / English subtitles

Mariam's Day Off

A young prostitute meets an artist in the park, gets invited to a modelling session in his apartment, and meets his family. She finds herself in a rather new and exciting world of artists, but when night falls, she has to return to her regular life in the park.

Drama | 45 min | Armenia | 2016 | Dir: Arshak Amir
bekyan | Armenian with English subtitles

Le Tcheureg de Vartouche

Cheureg – a traditional brioche made by many Armenians at Easter, is not a simple cheureg to filmmaker Gerard Boyadjian, yet a recipe that connects generations, arouses senses and explores memories of childhood. A sentimentally directed film that retells a story of love and memory between generations.

Drama | 9 min | Armenia, France | 2016 | Dir: Gerard Boyadjian | French with English subtitles

Cemile's Obsession

An intriguing film dealing with neighbours and new encounters. A Turkish woman must confront her lifelong religious beliefs, with some assistance from her granddaughter. By Turkish filmmaker Deniz Ozden.

Drama | 15 min | Turkey | 2017 | Dir: Deniz Ozden | Turkish with English subtitles

Orphan Tree

A heart-warming portrayal of the indescribable love and impact a grandfather has. ORPHAN TREE is Boyadjian’s tribute to his grandfather, a film he wanted to make before it was too late to capture. A beautiful story that any grandchild would identify with - regardless of age.

Drama | 15 min | France | 2017 / Dir: Gerard Boyadjian | French with English subtitles

The Piano

Set in a remote Armenian village, a grand piano is delivered by the Ministry of Culture, to enable a young girl to practice for her piano competition. The piano does not fit through the door so it stays outside, where the young girl practices to the delight of the villagers. An endearing film.

Comedy | 27 min | Armenia | 2011 | Dir: Levon Minassian | Armenian with English subtitles

The Pomegranate Tree

A creative short animation film that shares the story of a small culture that spreads its wings all around the world, a culture that keeps growing, as pomegranate seeds do.

Drama, Animation | 4 min | Canada | 2017 | Dir: Anna Maria Mouradian | English