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.
Fresco: A beautiful festival with a beautiful result for Taniel
Three exciting wins at L’age D’or International Arthouse Film Festival
Taniel picks up another award at a Portuguese festival
Garo Berberian on making ‘Taniel’
Agos reviews on Taniel, in Armenian and Turkish…
Garo, Tatevik and Yegya in conversation with Yetvart Danzikyan
Prague-based ORER magazine covered our screenings 2 significant places – Hrant Dink Foundation and Ghent University. (In Armenian)
Read the Moscow-based Zham Magazine’s reflections about our Ghent and Istanbul screenings.
We were invited to the inaugural Varouzhan Annual Lecture at University of Ghent
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
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, Taniel Varoujan, a magnificent poet, aged 31, was arrested at his home in Constantinople, never to return.
We are recounting some happy memories about Varoujan, to celebrate his birthday