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GOLDEN APRICOT 2022

The 19th Golden Apricot Festival is ready to unspool

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- The leading Armenian film event returns to its physical edition with a rich programme of international and regional movies

The 19th Golden Apricot Festival is ready to unspool
Amerikatsi by Michael Goorjian (© National Cinema Center of Armenia)

The 19th edition of the Golden Apricot Yerevan International Film Festival, the major Armenian film gathering, is returning to its original dates and physical format, running from 10-17 July in the country’s capital. The festival will kick off with Amerikatsi by Emmy-winning actor, director and screenwriter Michael Goorjian, an Armenian-US co-production that follows Charlie who returns to Armenia in the late 1940s to face the harsh Soviet reality.

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A total of 11 feature films — six fiction, three documentaries and one animated film — will be part of the International Full-Length Competition, whose jury will be presided over by Oscar-winning director Terry George. The selection includes A House Made Of Splinters [+see also:
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by Simon Lereng Wilmont (Denmark/Ukraine/Sweden), Anatomia [+see also:
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by Ola Jankowska (Poland/France), Aurora’s Sunrise [+see also:
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interview: Inna Sahakyan
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by Inna Sahakyan (Armenia/Germany/Lithuania), The Blind Man Who Did Not Want to See Titanic [+see also:
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interview: Teemu Nikki and Jani Pösö
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by Teemu Nikki (Finland), Captain Volkonogov Escaped [+see also:
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by Natasha Merkulova and Aleksey Chupov (Russia/France/Estonia), Hide and Seek [+see also:
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interview: Victoria Fiore
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by Victoria Fiore (UK/Italy), Soula by Issaad Sallah (France/Algeria), Return To Dust by Li Ruijun (China), Turn Your Body To The Sun by Aliona Van Der Horst (the Netherlands), Una Femmina - The Code of Silence [+see also:
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interview: Francesco Costabile
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by Francesco Costabile (Italy), and Unrest [+see also:
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by Cyril Schaublin (Switzerland).

As for the Regional Competition, ten films hailing from countries neighbouring Armenia as well as West Asia are participating. The selection features: 5 Dreamers and a Horse [+see also:
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by Aren Malakyan and Vahagn Khachatryan (Armenia/Germany/Switzerland/Denmark/Georgia), A Room Of My Own [+see also:
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by Ioseb “Soso” Bliadze (Georgia/Germany), The Apple Day by Mahmoud Ghaffari (Iran), The Exam [+see also:
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interview: Shawkat Amin Korki
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by Shawkat Amin Korki (Iraq/Germany/Qatar), Foragers by Jumana Manna (Palestine), I am Not Lalit by Marie Surae (Lebanon), Republic of Silence [+see also:
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by Diana El Jeiroudi (Syria/Germany/France/Qatar/Italy), Revolivation by Ara Chagharyan and Artashes Matevosyan (Armenia), Rojel by Zaine Akyol (Kurdistan/Canada), and Sonne [+see also:
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by Kurdwin Ayub (Austria). Furthermore, a total of 16 films from the region will compete in Apricot Stone, the regional short-film competition.

This edition will also feature Artsakh: Invisible Republic, a special programme shedding light on the events of the 44-day war in Artsakh, consisting of films made by Greek, Argentinian, Uruguayan, Egyptian and Armenian filmmakers. The closing film of the festival, the feature documentary Invisible Republic by Garin Hovhannisyan (Armenia), also deals with the subject of the 44-day War.

As for the guests of honour of this edition, they are multi-award-winning auteur Costa-Gavras, Catalonian filmmaker Albert Serra, and Ilya Khrzhanovsky.

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