The Golden Apricot Yerevan 11th International Film Festival (GAIFF) presented today the non-competition film programmes for this year. Michael Stamboltsyan, GAIFF Programme Director, Susanna Harutyunyan , GAIFF Artistic Director, and Tatevik Manoukyan, Head of international Department, presented the programmes to reporters today.
A number of acclaimed films will be presented within the framework of Yerevan Premieres programme. These include Cannes award winning The Winter Sleep (Turkey, 2014) by Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Cannes Palmes d’Or nominee Two Days, One Night by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardennes (Belgium/France/Italy, 2014), Black Coal, Thin Ice by Yi’nan Diao (China, 2014).
Two documentaries – Barbaric Land by Yervant Gianikian and Angela Eicci Luchhi (France, 2013) and The Book, a film telling about Grigor Narekatsy by Vitali Mansky – will also be screened. On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of Krzysztof Zanussi The Constant Factor (Poland, 1980), a Cannes double award winner will be presented.
The Retrospective programmes will present the selected works of five world famous cinematographers. More specifically films by Sergei Parajanov, Kim Ki-duk (South Korea), Jia Zhangke (China), Otar Ioselliani (France-Georgia), Amos Gitai (Israel) will be presented. The Retrospective programme of Otar Ioselliani will be held as a Tribute programme on the occasion of the 80th Anniversary of the celebrated cinematographer.
Films Across Borders programme will traditionally present a selection of recent films created in the Eastern Partnership countries. The programme will present 16 films created with the ideology of creating a cultural dialogue and overcoming of borders through art. The film programme is part of Directors Across Borders project which is being financed by the European Union and is implemented by Golden Apricot Fund for Cinema Development and its partners.
The New German Cinema programme is implemented in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut. Three of the best films of German production of the recent years will be featured.
The festival will be opened with the screening of The Colour of Pommegranate, a film by Sergei Parajanov. The festival will be closed with the Yerevan premiere of Cannes award winning Goodbye to Language, a film by Jean-Luc Godard.