YEREVAN–Ornella Muti and Nastassja Kinski will be guests of honor at the 12th annual Golden Apricot International Film Festival in Yerevan, according to Harutyun Khachatryan, director general of the festival.
Ornella Muti is an Italian film star who made her debut in the 1970 film “The Most Beautiful Woman.” She’s better known to Armenian audiences for her role in the comedy “Il Bisbetico Domato” (The Taming of the Scoundrel), where she plays alongside Adriano Celentano. Muti is also a permanent guest of honor at the Cannes Film Festival. Muti’s latest film, “Swan In Love” will premiere in Yerevan at the film festival.
Nastassja Kinski is best known for her roles in films by directors Roman Polanski, Wim Wenders, and Francis Ford Coppola. The German-born actress made her worldwide breakthrough in the 1978 Italian-Spanish romance, “Stay As You Are” directed by Alberto Lattuada. She later starred in Roman Polanski’s Golden Globe-winning melodrama “Tess” (1979). Her most acclaimed role in Wim Wenders’ “Paris, Texas” (1984) went on to win top prizes at the Cannes Film Festival.
French actor and director Patrick Chesnais will also attend this year’s festival as a special guest. His latest project, “Not Here To Be Loved”, directed by Stephane Brize, will be screened at the festival.
Harutyun Khachatryan, director general of the Golden Apricot Film Festival, was an honorary jury member at the Moscow International Film Festival’s International Documentary Competition this year. On June 25, the director’s 60th birthday was celebrated with a special screening of his first full-length debut, “The Wind of Oblivion” (1989).
Khachatryan was awarded the prestigious “Elephant” prize by the Russian Guild of Film Critics and Film Journalists for his contributions to cinema, Armenian-Russian cultural cooperation, and for the establishment of the Golden Apricot International Film Festival this year in Moscow.
A special “Never Again” program of the Moscow International Film Festival was dedicated to the centennial of the Armenian Genocide.