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 and Best Short Film award at ARPA International Film Festival. The film was also selected by a number of festivals all over the world, including Sydney, Toronto, Bucharest, Washington DC etc, as well as by the Golden Apricot International Film Festival, Shetland’s Screenplay Festival, curated by Mark Kermode; and one of the oldest festivals in Europe in Montecatini. Taniel also had some very special screenings at The Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute in Yerevan and at the iconic Lincoln Center in New York.
Garo is returning to Los Angeles’ Arpa festival with Taniel, after winning the Audience Award for this previous film there
Taniel is in the official selection of the Romanian STTP Film Festival
Taniel is in the official selection of Montecatini International Film Festival 2018
“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.
Yeğya Akgün on being the voice of Taniel Varoujan reading his poetry for the short film 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.