YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Director Vigen Chaldranian’s "Symphony of Silence" film was among sixteen films presented at the ninth annual international "Listopad-2000" film festival held in Minsk November 23-29. The film won two awards–director’s award for "Language of the film is the language of mutual understanding" prize established within the "Best pan-human film" category. Michael Poghosian received the competition’s best actor award.
During a December 5 news conference–director Chaldranian said that the Armenian film competed with films of world-famous film makers as Andrey Mikhalkov-Konchalovsky–Kira Muratova–Alexander Rogozhkin–Valery Rusinchik and others.
Since being selected as a nominee for competition in last year’s 74th American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Academy Awards–the film has participated in numerous film festivals–including in Brazil–Russia and Belarus–and since mid September–has been showing in various French cities.
In April of 2003–the film will participate in the New York international film-festival.
At the conclusion of the December 5 press conference–on the decree of President Kocharian–the minister of culture–youth affairs and sport Roland Sharoyan presented the Movses Khorenatsi medal to Vigen Chaldranian.
ABOUT THE FILM
YEREVAN (ArmeniaWeek.com)–Very few movies have been shot in Armenia in the past several years due to difficult socio-economic conditions. Some Armenian filmmakers–however–have continued their art in spite of obstacles.
And one–Vigen Chaldranian–is in with a chance to win filmmaking’s highest prize–an Oscar–for his persistence.
Chaldranian is the writer/director of several movies–including "April"–"Dzain Barbaroi"–and "Ter Voghormea"–which was awarded a gold medal at the Houston International Film Festival in 1994.
The script for "Symphony of Silence" started as an idea in 1998 and took about seven months to write. Filming took about a year–ending in late 2000.
"It is not surprising that the movie got its final shape at the end of the century," Chaldranian says–"because the main idea of the movie is the one we are entering the 21st century with."
"Symphony of Silence" is the story of a 47-year-old man whose life decelerates and takes a dramatic and unexpected twist toward a tragic end. He has an incurable illness and–realizing that death is unavoidable–he turns to the Biblical Ten Commandmen’s.
Finding himself in Yerevan with little time and a big bank account–he becomes sole owner of a hospital for the insane. Devoting himself entirely to this strange–new vocation–he sets out to redeem his sins by spreading light around himself and into the troubled souls of the patients.
"This movie is a catharsis–meaning that it causes psychological self-cleaning," says Tsolak Hakobian," a psychotherapist and consultant for the movie.
"Violent emotions start in the souls of people after they watch the movie. People start to realize their own sins."
"Symphony of Silence" is an expression of human virtue–humanity and love–pursuing the universal questions: Who are we? Where did we come from? Where do we go?
"This movie is about humanity and kindness," says lead actor Karen Janibekian. "Kindness and light are the pledge of success for this movie."
"Symphony of Silence" cost $500,000 to make and was produced by Chaldranian–Armenfilm Studios–Boomerang Productions (France)–and Ardshinbank.