by Giovannella Rendi
In Berlin, as part of Cinedays 2003, there’s the chance to discover (or re-discover) a filmmaker who is not so well known to the public at large but whose work is highly esteemed in the world of cinema. He’s the Armenian- German director, screenwriter and producer Don Askarian, who has been awarded with the Golden Camera from the Art Film Festival for his cinematographic achievements (works done between Germany, Holland and Armenia). The Harvard Film Archive has recently put on a retrospective dedicated to his work. From October 9 to 15, the headquarters of his production company, Askarian Film (on Niebuhrstraße number 69 in Berlin), will be the venue for the screening of a selection of his films: The bear (1984), Komitas (1988), Avetik (1992) and On the old roman road (2001), as well as his documentaries Mount Karabach (1988), Paradjanov (1998) and Mousicians (2000).
On October 10, at the cinema Kant, there’s also an exhibition of photographs taken by the director. At the same time, at Yarevan, in Armenia, there’s a retrospective dedicated to Askarian (from October 11 to 23) with his films being broadcast on the main TV channel in Armenia. And the documentary Paradjanov will also be shown on October 15 at the Short Film Festival in Hull, Britain.
(Translated from Italian)