“Taniel” is no ordinary film. It uses dark, iconic film noir images and a tragic personal story – voiced through poetry of Varoujan in Armenian and Ben Hodgson’s in English, and does not fit any conventional definitions.
Taniel Varoujan was one of the brightest minds and visionaries of his time, a magnificent poet, a respected teacher and public speaker, a loved father and husband – who arrested and murdered in 1915, when he was only 31 – in what became known as the Armenian Genocide.
Filmed in the Armenian town of Gyumri and in Portsmouth, writer and director Garo Berberian combines his love of Film Noir and arthouse filmmaking to create an exquisite, moving tribute to the majestic man and poet: “When you are dealing with tragic events in history we tend to lose sight of the individuals concerned, their personalities, expression, feelings and loves, and I wanted to focus on someone that offered so much and asked for little”
Taniel is currently taking part in the film festival circuit through 2018.
Taniel has been nominated for the biggest Armenian festival – Golden Apricot
Taniel will be screened at Screenplay, curated by Mark Kermode
A video report on the Bermuda International Film Festival featuring Taniel
The film’s director Garo Berberian discusses his rationale in picking the soundtrack, featuring music by Philip Glass, Michael Nyman and Tigran Hamasyan amongst others.
՛I had to become Varoujan, feel like Varoujan’ – Tigran Gaboyan talks about his experience of playing the poet and expressing his emotions in silence
Meet ‘You, Lalage’, one of Varoujan’s most sensual and emotionally charged poems.
Read Indelible, a poem by English writer Ben Hodgson, which is used in the film
A Georgian in Armenia: Mariam Dvalishvili recounts the story of returning to Armenia for yet another film – Taniel.
Photographer Tatev Vardanyan handpicks some of her favourite images from her first day of shooting in Gyumri
‘Taniel’ behind the scenes: The Prison Scene
Director Garo Berberian and DOP Guka Guladze filming Vahagn Martirosyan for the prison scene