Constantinople, April 24 1915. As the British prepared their landings in nearby Gallipoli, hundreds of arrest warrants are issued across the city. The arrival of police at poet Taniel Varoujan’s door would shatter his home, destroy his work and his family would never see him again.
Film Noir in style, “Taniel” pays homage to the era of dramatic filmmaking with extreme lighting and camera angles. The narrative is mostly heard through poetry, with Varoujan poems in Armenian expressing the emotions in each of the scenes; and narrative poetry in English delivered with an emotive depth of feeling by Sean Bean.
Taniel is currently taking part in the film festival circuit through 2018. It won two awards at the Bermuda International Film Festival and the team is just back from Armenia after being selected in Golden Apricot International Film Festival, and a special screening at The Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute. Taniel is also selected to be screened at a few more currently, including Shetland’s Screenplay Festival, curated by Mark Kermode; and Armenian Film Festival in Sydney.
“The great poet Taniel Varoujan and the leading names of the Armenian intellectual life were being dragged into a dark journey in 1915. Taniel felt his future in his poems and he always wished for peace and serenity” – read what our Western Armenian poetry narrator Yegya Acgun thinks about Varoujan and the film
Interview with director Garo Berberian about his short film Taniel (2018) and his travel to Sydney for the screening of the film during the Armenian Film Festival by Vahe Ketab.
Noric Dilanchian hosted a Q&A session with Garo Berberian and The Crows of the Desert director Levon Parian, after the screening of both films. Listen to the podcast here.
The film will be screened at DC Shorts Film Festival in September
Jean Vartan Ekmekjian, who recently revived Hayreniqi Dzayn (Voice of the Homeland), Pan Armenian Writers’ Unions’ official newspaper, visited our screening at the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute. Read his review of the film and its backstory here.
Taniel to be screened in Sydney on 19 August!
Yeğya Akgün, a young actor from Istanbul, was the perfect choice to interpret Varoujan’s poetry
Finding the narrator’s voice for “Taniel”
Poetry and narration voices of ‘Taniel’ explained
An emotive swirling cyclone of notes: Garo Berberian talks about Tigran Hamasyan and how music from Luys I Luso is the perfect sensory companion for “Taniel”
Garo Berberian on why Michael Nyman’s music was one of his choices for the soundtrack of Taniel film
Yeğya Akgün on being the voice of Taniel Varoujan reading his poetry for the short film Taniel.