Golden Apricot: Non-Competition Programs

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Golden Apricot: Non-Competition Programs

GOLDEN APRICOT Yerevan International Film Festival presented the out of competition film programs of the 12th edition of the festival, giving details on Yerevan Premieres,Tributes, screenings dedicated to the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide, as well as the opening and closing films of the festival.

The festival programs will feature critically acclaimed award-winning films from Cannes, Berlin and Venice film festivals. Around 200 films will be shown during the festival.


Among Yerevan premieres there areTaxi by Jafar Panahi(Iran, 2015), the winner of the Golden Bear of Berlin film festival, renowned Swedish director Roy Anderson’s A Pigeon Sat On a Branch Reflecting On Existence (Sweden / Norway / France / Germany, 2014), the "Golden Lion" winner of the Venice film festival and A Bridge to a Border(US, 2014), by American independent filmmaker Rob Nilsson.


On the occasion of the Armenian Genocide centennial the 12th GOLDEN APRICOT will focus on thematic films. Two big programs will be arranged within the frames of the festival, dedicated to Genocide: WE EXIST and NEVER AGAIN.

We exist

this will include films of various years byboth Armenian and foregone filmmakers concerning the Armenian Genocide.

A Meeting at an Exhibition, Nerses Hovhannisyan, Armenia
April, Vigen Chaldranian, Armenia
Ararat, Atom Egoyan, Canaca/France
Artmenians, Ricardo Espírito Santo, Portugal
Blood Brothers, Kees Schaap, The Netherlands
Bolis, Eric Nazarian, Turkey
Delivery, Frunze Dovlatyan, Armenia
Eclipse, Ara Yernjakyan, Armenia
Germany and the Secret Genocide, Michael Hagopian, USA
Grandma's Tattoos, Suzanne Khardalian, Sweden
Homo Politicus, Hacı Orman, Turkey
Immersion into the Fire, Hamlet Dulyan, Russia
Nahapet, Henrik Malyan, Armenia
Nostalgia, Frunze Dovlatyan, Armenia
Other Homeland: Diaries of Maria Jacobssen, Vrezh Petrosyan, Armenia
Our Atlantis, Arthur Sukiassyan, Armenia/France/Turkey
Singing in Exile, Nathalie Rossetti & Turi Finocchiaro, Belgium/Poland/France
The River Ran Red, Michael Hagopian, USA
Turkey, the Legacy of Silence, Anna Benjamin, Guillaume Clere, France
Voices From the Lake, Michael Hagopian, USA
We, Artavazd Peleshyan, Armenia
Where is the Euphrates, son?, Ruben Pashinyan, Armenia
Map of Salvation, Aram Shahbazyan, Armenia


 will feature classic and new films about various genocides

A Man Before His Time, Henri Charr, USA
Korczak, Andrzej Wajda, Germany/Poland/France
Morgenthau, Max Lewkowicz, USA
Night and Fog, Alain Resnais, France
Our Nationhood, Alanis Obomsawin, Canada
Phoenix, Christian Petzold, Germany
Screamers, Carla Garapedian,UK
The Act of Killing, Joshua Oppenheimer, Denmark
The Look of Silence, Joshua Oppenheimer, Denmark
The Missing Picture, Rithy Phan, France/Cambodia
The Pearl Button, Patricio Guzman, France/Chile/Spain


As always GOLDEN APRICOT will pay tributes to the masters of the Armenian cinema. There will be screenings devoted to Henrik Malyan’s and Henrik Margaryan’s 90th, Levon Atoyants’ 85th and Harutyun Khachatryan’s 60th anniversaries. A piece of sky(1980) by Hanrik Malyan, The Priest's Promise (1964) by Henrik Margaryan and Avdo’s car(1966) by cinematographer Levon Atoyants will be screened, as well as Harutyun Khachatryan’s White Town (1988). Also an  evening will be held in memory Belarus documentary filmmaker Vladimir Dashuk. His film  Life as It is  will be screened.


The program that presents films about Armenia made by Armenian and foreign filmmakers this year will include 26 films.


 The opening of the GOLDEN APRICOT 12th Yerevan International Film Festival will be announced with the screening of Don't Tell Me the Boy Was Mad (France, 2015), a film by Robert Guédiguian, whichwas selected for the Special Screenings section in 2015 Cannes Film Festival.

The festival will conclude with the screening of Namus by Hamo Beknazaryan, which this year celebrates its 90th anniversary.


Ara Khandjyan, GAIFF Deputy Director
Tatevik Manoukyan, Head of international Department of GAIFF
Raffi Movsisyan, film critic, Armenian Panorama program coordinator
Vardan Hakobyan, member of the selection committee
Artur Vardikyan, member of the selection committee

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