FAMOUS SPANISH DIRECTOR PEDRO ALMODOVAR'S "RETURN" FILM INVOLVED IN COMPETITION PROGRAM OF "GOLDEN APRICOT" FESTIVAL AS WELL

Noyan Tapan
Armenians Today
Jun 1 2006

YEREVAN, JUNE 1, NOYAN TAPAN - ARMENIANS TODAY. 11 full-length films
created in 2004-2006, among them films of such famous directors as
Pedro Almodovar from Spain, Hou Hsiao-Hsien from Taiwan, Robert
Gudiguian from France, Rakhshan Bani-Etemad from Iran, Krzsystof
Zanussi from Poland, Aleksei German Junior from Russia and others
are, are involved in the competition of the feature films of the
"Golden Apricot" (Voske Tsiran) Yerevan International Third Film
Festival. As Mikayel Stamboltsian, the Director of the festival
programs informed at the May 31 press conference, most part of the
chosen films already got prizes at the best festivals of the world,
including Spanish famous director Pedro Almodovar's "Return" film
which was recently awarded at the Cannes festival two prizes: the
best director's work and the best woman performance.

M.Stamboltsian also mentioned that Pedro Almodovar is also invited
to the festival and in most probability, will arrive in Yerevan. The
Director of the festival programs informed that the competition program
of documentary films is still being formed, as there are so many and
various presented films that the selecting commission was not able
to watch them within the fixed term.

M.Stamboltsian mentioned that the number of applications of the "Golden
Apricot" Yerevan International Film Festival has considerably added
this year what proves the festival's getting wider recognition in the
world. Creators of 58 countries presented 280 films 92 of which were
selected for competition and extra-competition programs.