12TH POMEGRANATE FILM FESTIVAL, NOVEMBER 15—19, 2017

2014 Films

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THE CAPTIVE – Canada – Atom Egoyan – 112 min. – Suspense Thriller – PG 13

Academy Award nominated director Atom Egoyan's latest and potentially most entertaining film, involves a uniquely original plot and an impressive cast with strong performances by Ryan Reynolds, Rosario Dawson, Scott Speedman, Mireille Enos, Bruce Greenwood and Kevin Durand - who plays the role of the super creepy chief villain. The film was shot in the Ontario cities of Niagara Falls ...
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ANDIN – Ruben Giney – 128 min. – North American Premiere – Documentary – F

Armenia/Canada/China/France/India/Italy/India/Japan/Kyrgystan/Mexico/Portugal/Russia/Santo Domingo/Spain/Taiwan/Tibet/UK/USA A exhilirating voyage across Asia in search of answers as to how Armenians were able to link the east and west through the ages. Filmed and researched in 17 different countries, Shanghai-based director Ruben Giney provides a breathtaking view of the vast landscapes through which Armenian merchants traversed. In pursuit of unique archival materials, manuscripts, journals and eyewitness accounts, ...
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TUMO: Change Starts within Armenia – Armenia/USA – Vahe Babaian – 28 min. – Canadian Premiere – Short Documentary – F

This inspiring documentary focuses on Yerevan’s Tumo Center for Creative Technologies that strives to help change the socio-economic situation in Armenia. It examines how teenagers from all over Armenia come to the center to harness their creativity in a technology-based environment and succeed in the competitive global marketplace. The Tumo Centre is a very positive development in Armenia & the ...
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FROM MUSIC TO MADNESS: The Story of Komitas – Dr. Robert Deranian – USA – North American Premiere – Documentary – F

A moving documentary about the prolific Armenian priest Komitas. It carefully depicts the tragedy of the Armenian Genocide, as seen through the eyes of Komitas. Starring Peter Balakian, the film provides a deeper understanding of Komitas through its attention to historical context, spiritual dimension, and musical accomplishments. Question & Answer session to follow the screening with the film's director Dr. ...
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WATCHERS OF THE SKY – Edet Belzberg – 120 min. – Documentary – PG 13

Argentina/Bosnia and Herzegovina/Netherlands/Poland/Rwanda/Sudan (Darfur)/USA Oscar-nominated director Edet Belzberg presents a rewarding documentary on the history of genocide. Inspired by Samantha Power's Pulitzer Prize winning book, A Problem from Hell: America in the Age of Genocide, the film begins with the career of Raphael Lemkin, who coined the term ‘genocide’ and highlights the contributions of today’s chief leaders opposing genocide. This hard ...
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THE ABODE – Armenia – Lusine Sargsyan – 100 min. – North American Premiere – Comedic Drama – F

Five unique stories about relationships, struggles and faith. Filmed in Yerevan, the drama depicts the lives of various individuals living in an apartment complex. Հինգ մասնայատուկ պատմութիւններ՝ յարաբերութիւններու, դժուարութիւններու եւ հաւատքի մասին։ Երեւանի մէջ նկարահանուած այս շարժապատկերը կը ներկայացնէ նոյն շէնքերուն մէջ ապրող տարբեր անձերու կեանքերը։ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PG4DNYo5QQ
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THANK YOU, DAD – Armenia – directed by Hrach Keshishyan, starring Michael Pogosyan – 95 min. – North American Premiere – Romantic Comedy – PG 13

A young American-Armenian receives shocking news regarding her late father’s will. In order to inherit a vast amount of wealth, she must travel to Armenia and marry a man named Barkevos. Completely uninterested in her Armenian background, she embarks on a hilarious journey through her fatherland. THANK YOU, DAD has been selected as the 2014 Gala Film at the Pomegranate ...
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OUR VILLAGE – Armenia – Yelena Arshakyan – 96 min. – North American Premiere – Drama with Comedic Elements – PG 13

Through the genres of lyrical comedy and drama, the stories of three rural families in Armenia are presented in a thoughtful manner. The film captures their relations, aspirations, and the impact of emmigration upon their lives, bringing to light in a humorous manner one of the most important issues facing Armenia. Հայաստանաբնակ երեք գիւղացի ընտանիքներու պատմութիւնները կը ներկայացուին խոհուն ձեւով, քնարական ...
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THE HOUSE IN THE HEART – Armenia – Hrach Keshishian- 90 min. – North American Premiere – Family/Romantic Comedy – F

From the acclaimed director of GAREKIN NJDEH and the producer of IF ONLY EVERYONE comes the latest big budget comedy from Armenia. With an impressive cast, this hilarious feature film is anticipated to be released in theatres throughout Yerevan in November 2014. Question & Answer session to follow the screening with Director Hrach Keshishyan and Producer Michael Poghosian. «Գարեգին Նժդեհ» շարժապատկերի ...
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THE KNIGHT’S MOVE – Armenia/Artsakh, Kazaghstan/Russia – 97 min. – Canadian Premiere – Adventure Comedy – F

From the director of LOST & FOUND IN ARMENIA comes another hilarious feature comedy. An international chess tournament is held at the central museum of Kazakhstan. An Armenian chess champion competes while a robbery is being carried out at the museum, planned by an experienced thief, dressed as a waiter. Things take a crazy turn when the Armenian competitor becomes unwittingly ...
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FLAPPER (GARCONNE) – Nicolas Sarkissian – France – 30 min. – North American Premiere – Short Drama – F

Set in the 1920’s in the scenic French countryside during the summer. A teenager, Lisa, avoids bourgeois family boredom and embarks on a journey of self-discovery at the bottom of a remote lake. Sarkissian's previous short film FRACTURE was presented at the 2012 Pomegranate Film Festival. 1920ական թուականներու ամրան, տեսարժան ֆրանսական գիւղի մը մէջ ապրող պատանի Լիզան խուսափելով իր ազնուական ընտանիքի ...
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THE MARCH TO DEMOCRACY – Armenia/USA – Robert Davidian – 71 min. – North American Premiere – Documentary – F

Davidian’s latest informative documentary is about the most recent elections in Armenia, exposing the various challenges impeding a fair and democratic process. The film provides a detailed analysis of the election and stunning footage of what actually takes place when it comes time to vote. This will be Davidian's 5th film to be screened at the Pomegranate Film Festival and ...
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THE TRAIN OPERATOR – Armenia – Stepan Khachatryan – 11 min. – North American Premiere – Short Drama – F

A young train-operator doesn't give up on his hope of finding his dream job despite having to take care of his family’s needs. Shot in Armenia's second largest city, Gyumri, which is often overlooked in favour of Yerevan. Երիտասարդ շոքեկառքի վարորդ մը չի յուսալքուիր եւ ջանք չի խնայեր գտնելու իր երազած գործը հակառակ անոր որ ան պէտք հոգայ իր ընտանիքին կարիքները։ Այս ...
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GENOCIDE MEMOIR #1 – Australia – Shahane Bekarian – 10 min. – Canadian Premiere – Short Documentary – F

Commissioned by the Armenian National Committee of Australia, this effective short brings the memoirs of a Genocide survivor to light in a poignant fashion. Director Shahane Bekarian was awarded Best Short Documentary at the Pomegranate Film Festival in 2013. Աւստրալիոյ Հայ Դատի յանձնախումբի յանձնարարութեամբ, այս ազդեցիկ կարճ ժապաւէնը դառնութեամբ կը ներկայացնէ Մեծ Եղեռնէն վերապրողի մը յուշագրութիւնը։ Բեմադրիչ Շահանէ Պէքարեան 2013ին արժանացաւ ...
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BORN IN ADANA – Canada – David Hovan – 15 min. – Short Documentary – F

The story of Antranig Tegharian begins with the deportation of his parents from their native town of Diyarbakir, Turkey in 1915. The film unfolds with rare archival footage from the era with some haunting images. It is an unforgettable story of loss, journey, and inner strength. Hovan is a talented actor, director and producer based out of Vancouver. Անդրանիկ Դեղարեանի պատմութիւնը ...
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TRICK OR TREAT – Canada – Ara Sagherian – 7 min. – World Premiere – Short Drama – PG 13

A lonely man entertains dark thoughts on Halloween. Local director Ara Sagherian received Honourable Mention for Best Short Film for DEVIL'S NIGHT presented at the 2013 Pomegranate Film Festival. TRICK OR TREAT will be his 6th film presented at the Festival. Միայնակ մարդ մը գէշ մտքեր կ'ունենայ Բարեկենդանի գիշերը։ Գանատահայ Արա Սաղըրեան իր DEVIL'S NIGHT  կարճ շարժապատկերին համար յիշատակութիւնը ստացաւ 2013ի ...
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GYUMRI RISING – Armenia/USA – Sara Anjargolian – 12 min. – North American Premiere – Short Documentary – F

Multi-media journalist and attorney Sara Anjargolian journeys to Gyumri, Armenia, where she documents the challenges of the city twenty-five years after it became devastated by the earthquake. It showcases the resilience of its inhabitants and their everyday experiences. Anjargolian has received international recognition for her work against social injustice. Her past work on the lives of marginalized Armenians, HOW WE ...
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LITTLE BLACK FISH – France/Turkey – Azra Deniz Okyay – 28 min. – North American Premiere – Short Drama – F

A remarkable look at how the process of migration impacts the lives of three women. Maral, from Armenia, works illegally in Istanbul (Bolis), while Elsa, from Turkey, journeys to Paris, where Julia works as a photographer. The film has received numerous accolades at various international film festivals. Ուշագրաւ նայուածք մը թէ ինչպէս գաղթելու գործընթացքը իր ազդեցութիւնը կ’ունենայ երեք կիներու կեանքերուն վրայ։ ...
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WE ARE FROM ANI – Armenia/Romania – Mariam Ohanyan – 29 min. – North American Premiere – Short Documentary – F

A fascinating documentary that uncovers the rich heritage of Armenopolis (modern day city of Gerla), a Transylvanian city founded by Armenians who can trace their roots to the 12th century earthquake that caused their ancestors to flee from the ancient Armenian capital of Ani. Known for its churches, print-houses, art and architecture, the city showcases the important role of the ...
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SMALL FISH – USA – Hratch Titizian -16 min. – Canadian Premiere – Short Comedy – PG 13

Two underachieving brothers compete in a rematch against their rivals, the big shot Prussian Brothers, in small town Rancho Cucamonga, California. A humorous satire about reality TV competitions. This will be Titizian's second screening at the Pomegranate Film Festival following the presentation of FLOAT in 2008. Գալիֆորնիոյ Րանչօ Քըքամոնկա փոքր քաղաքին մէջ, երկու անյաջող եղբայրներ կը մրցին իրենց մրցակիցներուն` նշանաւոր Պրուսացի ...
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THANK YOU LADIES & GENTLEMEN – Lebanon/United Arab Emirates – Nigol Bezjian – North American Premiere – 50 min. – Short Documentary – F

Popular director Nigol Bezjian highlights the struggles and brave resilience of a group of Syrian refugees who have escaped to Lebanon. Leaving everything behind, the community faces daily challenges to make ends meet and find some sort of security. Bezjian’s artistic vision allows for their stories to be told through song and poetry. A must-see documentary and follow-up to his ...
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AURORA – Armenia – Vrej Kassouny – 12 min. – North American Premiere – Animation – F

Director Vrej Kassouny depicts the life of Hrant Dink through a creative animated short. Kassouny was born in Syria and is now based out of Armenia where he founded the ReAnimania International Animation Film Festival of Yerevan. This will be his second screening at the Pomegranate Film Festival as his short film MAYBE LOVE, MAYBE NOT... was presented in 2008. Բեմադրիչ ...
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THE GIRL & THE SEA – USA – Michael Aloyan – 17 min. – Canadian Premiere – Short Film Noire – PG 13

A dark comedy about two hitmen carrying out a job in a seaside town. As the story unfolds, they realize they have made a small mistake, which spirals into a series of Quixotic situations. This will be director Michael Aloyan’s second screening at the Pomegranate Film Festival following the presentation of SUBHUMAN in 2013. Կատակերգութիւն մը երկու ոճրագործներու սխրագործութիւններուն մասին՝ ծովափեայ ...
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THE GIRL ON THE MOON – Armenia – Aren Malakyan – 32 min. – North American Premiere – Short Documentary – F

Director Aren Malakyan captures the first steps of people with disabilities and how they try to change the course of their lives. The film beautifully shares how a group of young individuals join a dance ensemble as an outlet for their hopes and creativity. It ultimately showcases the progress of inclusive education within the youth of Armenia. Բեմադրիչ Արէն Մալաքեան հմտօրէն ...
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NO ONE WRITES TO THE COLONEL – Armenia – Vahe Yan 25 min. – North American Premiere – Short Documentary – F

During Artsakh's War for Independence, Armenian forces were bolstered by a few brave souls from some of the other former Soviet republics. Following the liberation of Artsakh, those same soldiers could not return to their native lands due to agreements their countries have with Azerbaijan which would brand them as terrorists and lead to imprisonment or extradition to Baku. This ...
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I LIKE YOU LATTE – USA – Tanner Boyajian – 8 min.

A quirky romantic comedy meets the zaniness of 30 ROCK, following a girl who tries to get a date with her local barista on Valentine's Day.‎ This will be director Tanner Boyajian's third film presented at the Pomegranate Film Festival following his well-received screenings of SOUR MILK and WAS CASANOVA ARMENIAN? in 2013.
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A TRIP TO THE ISLAND – Canada – Hrant Alianak – 75 min. – R

As a writer tries to finish his newest script, it becomes a story about the regrets that he has had in his life, about past wrong decisions, about his troubled relationship with his wife. Very quickly his imagined past slowly becomes as rich and real as his real past and the two become blurred over time creating a past that ...