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.