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’s 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 has recently finished taking part in the film festival circuit. It won two awards at the Bermuda International Film Festival, Best Short Film award at ARPA International Film Festival and Don Quixote special mention award at Avanca Festival. The film was also selected by a number of festivals all over the world, including Sydney, Toronto, Bucharest, Washington DC, Buenos Aires 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. The film also had two very emotional screenings in 2019, tracing the poet’s footsteps in Istanbul, at Hrant Dink Foundation; and at Ghent University in Belgium, Varoujan’s alma mater.
Award at Fresco Festival
Fresco: A beautiful festival with a beautiful result for Taniel
Lucky 3 at L’age D’or Festival
Three exciting wins at L’age D’or International Arthouse Film Festival
Award at Avanca Festival
Taniel picks up another award at a Portuguese festival
Immortal Dream: The Making of “Taniel”
Garo Berberian on making ‘Taniel’
Taniel in Agos
Agos reviews on Taniel, in Armenian and Turkish…
Açık Radyo podcast
Garo, Tatevik and Yegya in conversation with Yetvart Danzikyan
ORER Magazine: ”Դանիէլ” ֆիլմը ներկայացվեց Ստամբուլում եւ Գենտում
Prague-based ORER magazine covered our screenings 2 significant places – Hrant Dink Foundation and Ghent University. (In Armenian)
Taniel: Tracing Varoujan’s Footsteps
Read the Moscow-based Zham Magazine’s reflections about our Ghent and Istanbul screenings.
Screening at Taniel’s University
We were invited to the inaugural Varouzhan Annual Lecture at University of Ghent
A Trail of Ink, a River of Blood.
Read Indelible, a poem by English writer Ben Hodgson, which is used in the film
Meet the Crew: Mariam Dvalishvili, Assistant Director
A Georgian in Armenia: Mariam Dvalishvili recounts the story of returning to Armenia for yet another film – Taniel.
Photographing “Taniel”: Tatev Vardanyan
Photographer Tatev Vardanyan handpicks some of her favourite images from her first day of shooting in Gyumri
In conversation with… Shoghakat Mlké-Galstian
The film’s lead actress, the talented Shoghakat Mlké-Galstian talks to us about Araxi – love of Varoujan’s life; what does it mean to be a great artist’s wife and feminist readings of his works
April 24th: Varoujan’s Arrest
April 24th, Taniel Varoujan, a magnificent poet, aged 31, was arrested at his home in Constantinople, never to return.
A Visit Home for Varoujan’s Birthday
We are recounting some happy memories about Varoujan, to celebrate his birthday