In the framework of the Days of Francophonie in Armenia and the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide the films “From Ararat to Europe” and “Barking Island” were shown.
The French language version of the film “From Ararat to Europe” was shown this time. The film producer and screenwriter Arsen Hakobyan, representatives of the National Film Center Ashot Hambardzumyan and Nune Galstyan were
present at this event.
YSU Cultural Centre Director Karine Davtyan welcomed the guests and spoke about the film selection, indicating that it was not chosen at random: “This film is very important especially in terms of the impact of the Armenian culture on the modern European culture. I want to express special thanks to the film’s director Arsen Hakobyan, who discovered in different European countries such facts, of which even the local residents were unaware.”
Arsen Hakobyan said this picture was made in 2010, after 3 years of work, and in about two years it was translated into 4 languages: English, Russian, French and German. For more than 40 times it has been shown in the United States, Western Europe, Russia and Armenia, participated in numerous festivals and won several awards.
As for the idea of creating the film, it occurred when he read the article of Alexander Amfiteatrov, written in 1911, which was about Armenians. Here they were presented as merchants and usurers.
“That became the reason why I decided to show that the Armenians were successful not only in trade but also in other areas. The film focuses on the spread of the Christian culture from Ararat to Europe,” - says Arsen Hakobyan.
The next movie was the film-allegory “Barking Island”, made by the French-Armenian film director Serge Avetikyan. Here the author shows the cruel treatment of animals by Young Turks. He wants to say that they are cruel both in case of animals and human beings.
This film has also participated in numerous festivals and received a great response in the world. It was awarded “Palme d'Or” at the “Cannes” International Film Festival.
Then students asked Nune Galstyan various questions, expressing gratitude for the opportunity to watch these pictures.