Egoyan Opens Yerevan’s Golden Apricot International Film Festival

By Nane Atshemian

Renowned Canadian film director Atom Egoyan–opened an international film festival in Yerevan on Tuesday–hailing a "great selection" of works that will be screened during the five-day event.

The second annual Golden Apricot Festival–the biggest in Armenia’s history–will feature movies and documentaries by filmmakers from over a dozen countries–including the United States–France–Germany and even Afghanistan. They will compete for the top prizes in three different categories defined by the organizers.

Egoyan will head the jury for the main contest designed for local and foreign films. "This will be a very difficult selection because some of the films that are chosen have already been shown in other festivals," he told a news conference ahead of the opening ceremony. "They are of a very high standard and quality."

"We have a great selection–we have wonderful guests–we have workshops," Egoyan said. "It’s very well organized. So now it’s for the public to take advantage of this."

Also expected to attend the festival are several world famous movie directors–among them Krzysztof Zanussi of Poland and Russia’s Nikita Mikhalkov. They will arrive with their latest productions and hold workshops for local young filmmakers.

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