Two Armenian Films Win Prizes at Yalta Festival

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Two Armenian films won prizes at the cinema festival held in Yalta September 2-7. At his Tuesday news conference–film director–member of the jury of the Yalta festival–Ruben Gevorgian said that Tigran Khzmalian’s documentary "The King Dies" won second place in one of the 12 categories. In the "Search" category–Artistic Director of the Yerevan Pantomime Jyrair Dadadian received first place–a gold statuette "A lady with a dog" for his works on spiritual themes that were shot at the "Shoghakat" studio of the Armenian Apostolic Church.

Over 200 films shot in all the post-Soviet countries were demonstrated at the festival. Armenia presented six films shot at the "Yerevan,"Shoghakat" and "Kokhb" studios. After preliminary review–two Armenian films were allowed to participate in the festival. The festival jury headed by well-known journalist Alexander Bovin included 13 members from different countries. The festival was organized by the "Mir" interstate company. Director of the Armenian branch of the company Karl Yalanuzian was awarded the prize "Kind Heart."

Ruben Gevorgian expressed concern over the fact that the delegations of all the countries were accompanied by musicians and other workers of culture and art due to sufficient financing (for instance–president of Azerbaijan and Georgia sponsored the trips of these countries’ delegations). The Armenian delegation did not have such resources. According to Gevorgian–"our leaders do not understand that people abroad are interested not in the political situation in our country–but in our culture which is the visiting card for the world and needs particular attention."

Gevorgian also said that at the "Movieshock" festival being held in Anapa Albert Mkrtichian’s film "A Funny Bus" has been demonstrated.

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