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GATE TO HEAVEN / Դրախտի Դարպասը

An unforgivable act was committed years ago, the truth seemingly lost with the passing of time. When German Military journalist Robert Sternvall returns to Nagorno-Karabagh (Artsakh) in the Caucus region to cover the armed conflict, he is faced with his past. Tortured by pangs of conscience, he makes a step towards repentance and goes on the path to the ‘Gate to Heaven’. Filmmaker Jivan Avetisyan is passionate about sharing the Artsakh story with the world. Set during the 2016 four-day war, Gate to Heaven is his third feature film based in Artsakh. 

Drama | 91min | Armenia | 2019 | Dir: Jivan Avetisyan | 15+ | Armenian, German with English subtitles

SONGS OF SOLOMON / Սողոմոնի երգերը

Inspired by true events, Songs of Solomon follows a brave Turkish woman who at a time of dire prejudice in the days of the Ottoman Empire, risks her life and that of her family to save her best friend from persecution for her race and religious beliefs. This epic portrayal spans from 1881 to 1915, Constantinople, taking us on an emotional and musical journey to the last concert given by Archbishop Solomon, also known as Komitas. From the Two Time Academy Award Winning Producer of Green Book Nick Vallelonga. Based on a true story The Past Unsung by Sirvart Kavoukjian. Songs of Solomon was Armenia’s official selection for Best International Feature Film category at the 93rd Academy Awards in 2021. 

Historical Drama | 104min | Armenia, USA | 2019 | Dir: Arman Nshanian | 18+ | Armenian with English subtitles

ONCE UPON A TIME at SCHOOL / ՄԻ ԱՆԳԱՄ ԴՊՐՈՑՈՒՄ

Tigran is a clever teen with great potential, but he’s a lazy student who regularly ends up in the principal’s office! Everything changes when he overhears that his school is in danger of closing. Tigran comes up with a plan to save the school by entering (and hopefully winning) an intellectual School competition with his friends – surely a school recognised as being the best, cannot be closed? As they prepare, the extraordinary books of the mysterious old man Vachik help Tigran and his teammates quickly get ready for the competition, obstacles and all. An enjoyable film for the whole family!

Comedy | 95 min | Armenia | 2021 | Dir: Harutiun Khalafyan | PG | Armenian with English subtitles

SHOULD THE WIND DROP / ԵՐԲ ՈՐ ՔԱՄԻՆ ՀԱՆԴԱՐՏՎԻ

Alain, played by the captivating Grégoire Colin, arrives in Stepanakert, capital of Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh), to assess the airport and open this self-proclaimed republic to the world. But Alain knows nothing about this strange territory or its inhabitants, and things don’t go according to plan. Selected and screened at Cannes Film Festival, Armenian director Nora Martirosyan’s first film impresses with its formal mastery and its restrained and delicate screenplay. Armenia’s official selection for Best International Feature Film category at the 94th Academy Awards in 2022.

Drama | 100min | Armenia, France, Belgium | 2020 | Dir: Nora Martirosyan | 15+ | French, Armenian, English, Russian with English subtitles

SABRE DANCE

The highly anticipated historical drama about the brilliant composer Aram Khachaturian. Set in the cold autumn of 1942 amidst World War II, in the face of Soviet censorship and with the German Army advancing. This raw film transports the viewer to the Kirov Ballet theatre, in Soviet Russia, to the reality of life for Khachaturian. As tense preparations are underway for the premiere of his ballet Gayane, remarkably, the pressures of war are unable to halt his genius as he creates, in 8 hours, one of the most famous compositions in all of history – the famed Sabre Dance.

Directed by Yusup Razykov and produced by Ruben Dishdishyan (Earthquake, The Cut).

Historical Drama | 87min | Armenia, Russia | 2019 | Dir: Yusup Razykov | 15+ | Russian, Armenian with English subtitles

45 DAYS: THE FIGHT FOR A NATION

On the 27th day of September 2020, Azerbaijani forces supported by NATO member Turkey launched full scale attacks on the Armenian region of Nagorno-Karabakh, also known as Artsakh. Former British Royal Marines Commando turned documentary filmmaker Emile Ghessen, travelled to the region to see firsthand what was going on. The war lasted 44 days and on the 45th day, a trilateral peace agreement was signed, ending hostilities between Armenia and Azerbaijan. With thousands of men killed and thousands of people displaced from their homes, Armenia lost the majority of their territory of Nagorno-Karabakh. The raw unseen footage of 45 Days: The Fight for a Nation tells the story of the war and post-war from an Armenian perspective in a humanistic feature documentary film.

Documentary | 95min | Armenia | 2021 | Dir: Emile Ghessen | 18+ | English

THE HIDDEN MAP

An American-Armenian traveling through Turkey in search of her ancestral home meets a Scottish explorer along the way. Together they dig beneath the surface of modern-day Turkey, discovering lonely relics and silenced stories of a forbidden past…unearthing buried secrets and the hidden map. Hovannisian is a talented broadcast journalist who has directed and produced numerous projects on important global issues.

Documentary | 50min | Turkey, USA | 2019 | Dir: Ani Hovannisian | PG | English

WE ARE OUR MOUNTAINS

We are our Mountains

In the mountains of the Caucasus there is a little-known country called Artsakh, a Republic that continues to fight for its independence. Through a gallery of portraits, we discover those who shape everyday life in this people in search of freedom. 

Documentary | 17min | France | 2018 | Dir: Arnaud Khayadjanian | PG | Armenian with English subtitles

OLYMPICOS

Olympicos, an animated comedy, is based on real historical events, and tells the story of the athletic triumphs of the Armenian King Varazdat of the Arshakunyats dynasty. The King of Armenia received an invitation from Greece to send the best boxer of the country to compete in the Olympic Games in Greece. Inspired by his athletic past, the King decides to travel to Greece to participate in the Olympics, joined by the Royal family. Their journey is full of adventure, including challenges presented by the King’s enemy Molator. The King’s strong spirit and his loyal family help him overcome obstacles and achieve a brilliant victory in the Olympics! King Varazdat becomes a champion in boxing winning the honorary title of Olympicos, in 394 AD. A marble plaque and statue honouring King Varazdat can be seen in the Olympic Games Museum in Olympia, Greece to this very day. Don’t miss this fun film full of laughs, adventure, and triumph, with a fascinating story for young and young at heart!

Animation, Family |74min | Armenia | 2020 | Dir: David Sahakyants, Hayk Sahakyants | PG | Armenian with English subtitles