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.

To the source of the light: Taniel travels around the Globe

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.

Golden Apricot’s Black and White Themes

AGOS journalist Dzovinar Lokmagyozyan attended the Taniel screening for the Golden Apricot’s International Film Festival’s Armenian Panorama section at the Cinematographers Union. Read her review below.

Sean Bean

Finding the narrator’s voice for “Taniel”

The Soundtrack – Tigran Hamasyan

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”