Don’t Tell Me The Boy Was Mad

Une Histoire De Fou

Thursday 24 August

134 min | Drama | Country: France | M 15+
French with English Subtitles


Director: Robert Guédiguian
Stars: Ariane Ascaride, Simon Abkarian, Razane Jammal

Back by popular demand, for an encore Sydney screening in 2017 after leaving audiences in awe in 2016. Robert Guediguian’s dramatic feature explores the effects of the Armenian Genocide on future generations.

The film begins with Soghomon Tehlirian in Berlin (1921), before taking viewers to the youth movement in the 1970’s & 80’s stretching from France to Lebanon. This epic concludes on the borders of an independent Armenia, a dream strived for by three generations.

DON’T TELL ME THE BOY WAS MAD (Une Histoire de Fou) was selected as part of a special screening program at the Cannes Film Festival in 2015 and features a star-studded cast that includes Simon Abkarian and Serge Avedikian.

It is the 80’s and Aram a young man from Marseille of Armenian origin, blows up the Turkish ambassador’s car in Paris. Gilles Tessier, a young cyclist who was passing at that moment, is seriously injured. Aram, on the run, joins the Armenian Liberation Army in Beirut, the hotbed of  International revolution in those years.

Gilles is trying to understand, when Anouch, Aram’s mother, arrives in his hospital room to beg his forgiveness. She admits that her son planted the bomb. Aram clashes with his comrades in Beirut and decides to meet his victim to make him his spokesman.

The film is based on the true story of a Spanish journalist, José Antonio Gurriarán, who was left in a semi-paralyzed state after a bomb attack by the Armenian Secret Army for the Liberation of Armenia in Madrid in 1981. He then recounted his experiences in an
autobiographical novel La Bomba, which serves as the source material for the film.