HOLLYWOOD—Award-winning filmmaker Alek Keshishian will present Paris-based filmmaker Sérge Avedikian with a Career Achievement Award at the 13th annual Arpa International Film Festival’s Francophone evening on Thursday, Sept 23, 2010 at the Egyptian Theatre.
Alek Keshishian (“Truth or Dare”, With Honors”) co-wrote the feature film W.E which is currently in production with Madonna in her directorial debut.
This year, the festival introduces the previously announced Francophone-Fest Cinema, a sidebar event dedicated to French-language films from France, Switzerland, Belgium, Armenia, Tunisia, Morocco, Quebec, and Lebanon.
Avedikian is an Armenian-French film and theatre actor, director, writer, producer, and winner of Cannes Film Festival’s Palm D’Or – Short Film prize for his 2010 film, Chienne D’Histoire (Barking Island).
“We’re honored to have Sérge Avedikian’s work represented in the festival this year. He’s a prolific artist whose films have garnered worldwide attention,” says festival director, Alex Kalognomos. “It’s also his first time visiting Hollywood. It will be a privilege to introduce him to hisAmerican audience.”
On Thursday, September 23, the festival in partnership with Francophone-Fest Cinema and sponsor Air Tahiti Nui will present a selection of Avedkian’s filmography and present him with the festival’s 2010 Career Achievement Award. “Celebrating Serge Avedikian” will include screenings of “Chienne D’Histoire” (2010) and “Mission Accomplie” (1992) and the award presentation by Alek Keshishian. A third film featuring the work of Avedikian, “Bonded Parallels” will also screen in the fest on Saturday (9/25).
Avedikian was born in Yerevan, Armenian USSR in 1955. His parents were born in France, children of survivors of the 1915 Armenian Genocide. In 1947, Avedkian’s parents left France for Armenia where Avedikian was born and where he would eventually attended the French school of Yerevan. At the age of fifteen along with his family, he returned to France. He got his stage debut in college, in his professor’s amateur theater company.
After studies at the Conservatory of Dramatic Arts in Meudon (France), he arrived in Paris in 1971 where he worked with the students of the Paris Conservatory. In 1976, he created a theater company and produced several plays. At the same time, he pursued a career as a theater, movie and television actor. In 1988, he founded his own production company but continues to direct films.
Tickets to “Celebrating Serge Avedikian” are on sale and can be reserved for $20 at www.itsmyseat.com/affma
Other Francophone films presented Thursday, Sept. 23 as part of Francophone-Fest Cinema include:
Coeur Animal (Animal Heart) (2009) LA PREMIERE / Francophone-Fest Cinema
91 m Switzerland
Séverine Cornamusaz (D); Séverine Cornamusaz, Marcel Beaulieu (W)
Suddenly he thinks her alone, his wife. This person whom he doesn’t know how to love and who is now falling prey to a gnawing disease. This woman whom he knows so little about and whom he would like to be with him. Right now, Just like before. French with English Subtitles.
De Pere en Flic (Father and Guns) (2009) LA PREMIERE / Francophone-Fest
Emile Gaudreault (D); Émile Gaudreault, Ian Lauzon (W); Daniel Louis, Denise Robert (P)
They are father and son. They are both cops. And they are about to work together as a team. Trouble is… neither can stand the sight of the other.
Les Barons (The Barons) (2009) WEST COAST PREMIERE / Francophone-Fest Cinema
111m Belgium, France
Nabil Ben Yadir (D); Nabil Ben Yadir, Laurent Brandenbourger (W);
Somewhere in modern-day Brussels, Hassan, Aziz and Mounir are three friends who lead a life of pleasant apathy. When real life crashes unpleasantly into their dream world, Hassan, Aziz and Mounir are forced to deal with life, love and the future.
Les Oublies de L’histoire (2010) US PREMIERE / Francophone-Fest Cinema
Hassan Benjelloun (D); Hassan Benjelloun, Toufik Taha (W); Bentaqerla Productions (P)
Azzouz decides to immigrate towards Belgium, in search of a better life. Yamna, obliged to flee, decides to join Azzouz, her love. In Brussels, they will meet Nawal, Said, Ben, Tatiana or Amal, all trapped by networks of exploitation of clandestines.
Sounds of Beirut (2010) Francophone-Fest Cinema
55m Lebanon, USA
Seth Koury (D) (W) (P)
‘Sounds of Beirut’ is a documentary that was filmed in Lebanon weeks after a major armed conflict that nearly cast the country back into civil war as militias battled on the streets of Beirut. The film explores the upbeat atmosphere in Beirut through the influences behind the vibrant and diverse music scene despite the city’s troubled past and uncertain future.
24m Documentary Algerian, Morocco
Helene Hagan’s film is a montage about the Berbers, an indigenous people of North Africa. Featuring the music of Malika Domrane, a Kabyle singer.
Woman From Kyrannis, A (Une Femme de Kyrannis) (2010)
26m Documentary Tunisia Hajer, Ben Nasr (D) (P)
Saida, a woman in her 60s, lives in a village dwelling on Kerkennah, a small island chain of 14,000 inhabitants lying off the east coast of Tunisia. In the morning, Saida finishes mending one of several nets in preparation for another day of fishing.
Barking Island (Chienne D’Histoire) (2010) US PREMIERE
15m France, Turkey
Sérge Avedikian (D) (W) (P) Karine Mazloumian (W)
Constantinople 1910. The streets are overrun with stray dogs. The newly-established government, influenced by a model of Western society, uses European experts to choose a method of eradication before deciding, suddenly and alone, to massively deport the dogs to a deserted island away from the city.
Winner Palme d’Or for Short Film – 2010 Cannes Film Festival.
Arpa International Film Festival
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