Golden Apricot Film Festival
Armenia is a country mainly connected with such themes as the sun, nature, fruits and vegetables. Many people associate it with a certain fruit, which is the “apricot”. There is also a testimony, that in Latin the explanation of the fruit is expressed as follows: “Fructus Armeniaca”.
It’s not a surprising that in 2004 in the capital city of Armenia, a group of cinema related people like Film Director and Festival Director Harutyun Khachatryan; Film Critic and Program Director Mikayel Stamboltsyan and Film Critic and Artistic Director Susanna Harutyunyan, gathered and decided to have the first International Film Festival called not “Oscar 2” or some modification of “Cannes”, but “Golden Apricot”.
It is not by chance that the film festival is always held mid of summer, because it’s the best period for the apricots to ripe in the territory of Ararat valley, where Yerevan lies.
This film festival made a big change in the life of modern Armenian cinematography and not only. It is internationally acclaimed and famous festival to which thousands of applicants send their films every year, only a part of which get the permit to be a part of this wonderful celebration.
The uniqueness of this festival consists in its motives and in the themes of the films which are selected for the competitions. This festival concentrates on finding films, which have some really deep meaning and teach the audience to tolerance, to respect freedom and peace. It’s very symbolic, because the film festival itself gathers many filmmakers, producers and operators that come from many different countries and bring with them their culture, traditions and unique spirit.
To be more precise, let us mention some most highly acclaimed figures of the world cinema who have participated in “Golden Apricot” Film Festival in different years.
In 2005, there were very famous figures such as Abbas Kiarostami, Krzysztof Zanussi, and Nikita Mikhalkov.
Five years ago, the festival hosted the famous Italian actress Claudia Cardinale, which starred in the films of such famous directors as Federico Fellini, Luchino Visconti and others.
It was a hilarious meeting for the young cinematographers and actresses. Claudia shared her experience with them and encouraged to continue creating contemporary Armenian cinema.
In 2014, “Golden Apricot” is making it’s 11th rehearsal and has a very special program. Firstly, it is dedicated to the 90th anniversary of the famous Armenian cinematographer Sergei Parajanov!
Secondly, the interesting point about this year’s festival is that it will host probably the most unique film director of modern times: Kim Ki Duk!
By the way, the festival starts in a week or so. It will be held from 13th to 20th of July.