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.
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!
We had a busy and emotional week in Armenia, screening at Golden Apricot and The Genocide Museum. Read all about it here.
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.
Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute hosted us for the film screening, and a poetry session, accompanied by their temporary exhibition dedicated to Varoujan.
Film’s Yerevan premiere as a part of Golden Apricot’s official selection
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.