Cannes Film Festival Winner ‘Barking Dog’ to Screen in Yerevan

YEREVAN (ArmRadio)–The winner of this year’s Best Short Film award at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival will be screened in Yerevan this fall, according to its author, French-Armenian filmmaker Serge Avedikian, who added that the film was privately screened in Istanbul earlier this year.

Titled “Chiennes D’Histiore”–Barking Island in English–the film depicts Constantinople in 1910 with the streets overrun by stray dogs. The newly-established government, influenced by a model of western society, seeks the advice of European experts on how to address the problem before deciding, suddenly and alone, to deport the dogs en masse to a deserted island away from the city.

“Of course, the underlying theme of the film is the Armenian Genocide,” Avedikian said, adding that inspiration for the film came after he read a book about the Genocide titled, “Turkish Nights.”

The Armenian Genocide, he said, “is directly or indirectly linked to the story of the dogs, and the perpetrators used the same methods of positivism and European mentality.”

Avedikian explained that he produced the short film to maintain the links between his ancestors, born in Western Armenia, and his children in Paris. “To move forward without forgetting the past is my wish,” he added.

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  1. Norin Radd said:

    So let us get this straight here . . .this film uses stray dogs on the streets of Constantinople as representative metaphors for those Armenians that died in the Armenian Genocide? Why did Mr. Avedikian stop at stray dogs, I’m sure he could have found something even more desecrating and insulting to use as metaphors for those who tragically died in our great calamity.

    It’s difficult to comprehend exactly what some of our Hye film producers are trying to portray. From the disastrous Atoms ultra confusing and FAR TOO “artsy” production that was “Ararat” to this blatant “award winning” insult, it’s no wonder a lot of the tragic message regarding the Armenian Genocide gets lost in translation.

    Armenian film makers need to get their collective heads out of their rear ends and take a more simplistic purist approach to films related to this topic. There is no need for excessive artistic direction, the subject matter is dramatic enough. Spielburg didn’t use animal metaphors (Barking Dog) or ridiculously incoherent plotting (Ararat) to depict Holocaust victims in Schindler’s List.

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