THIS YEAR GOLDEN APRICOT YEREVAN INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL TO BE OPENED WITH FIRST ARMENIAN FICTION FILM "NAMUS"

Noyan Tapan
Armenians Today
May 31 2006

YEREVAN, MAY 31, NOYAN TAPAN - ARMENIANS TODAY. The Golden Apricot
(Voske Tsiran) Yerevan international third film festival will be
opened with the first Armenian mute fiction film, "Namus" by Hamo
Beknazarian shot in 1926 in the Hayfilm studio. The "Namus" having
a history of 80 years has been lately digitalized and restored
at the Arte French TV company and shown at the Balzac most famous
cinema of Paris. Informing about it at the May 31 press conference,
Mikael Stamboltsian, Director of the festival's programs, declared
that this time the festival's opening and closure ceremonies will
be more "festival" that in the previous years. Festival's general
producer Armen Mazmanian mentioned that the Golden Apricot's opening
and closure ceremonies will have two accentuations: the opening and
closure in the square of Moscow cinema will be a manifestation of a
people's holiday and inside the cinema it will have a reserved and
solemn format fit for festivals and will have a small art feature.

In difference to the previous festival, this time the Armenian and
English texts will correspond to each other. A.Mazmanian is convinced
that festivals themselves are luxurious and unprecedented events,
so there is no need to overload them with superfluous musical
shows. A.Mazmanian also mentioned that like the previous years,
a Holiday of Apricot will be organized this year.