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 PostPosted: Sat Sep 25, 2004 9:43 pm    Post subject: Filmemacher: Don Askarian Reply with quote Back to top

Retrospektive Don Askarian
02. – 28. September 2004

http://www.deutsches-filmmuseum.de/pre/ft2.php?id=body&img=3img2&main=donask&ass=donask-u

Eine Retrospektive der Filme von Don Askarian in Frankfurt ist überfällig, denn er gehört zu den bemerkenswertesten Filmemachern hierzulande. Aus diesem Grund zeigt das Kino des Deutschen Filmmuseums im September eine Auswahl seiner Filme.
Don Askarian wurde 1949 in Berg Karabach in der damaligen Sowjetunion geboren. Nach einem Studium in Moskau und einem Gefängnisaufenthalt, weil er nicht in der Roten Armee Dienst tun wollte, emigrierte er nach Berlin, wo er seit 1979 lebt. Hier drehte er auch seinen ersten Film. Mit KOMITAS (1988) und AVETIK (1992) erregte er zum erstenmal internationale Aufmerksamkeit: Filme von großer visueller Schönheit, deren Stil verschiedentlich als „magischer Realismus“ beschrieben worden ist (auch der Vergleich mit Tarkovskij scheint unvermeidlich zu sein). Dass Don Askarian armenischer Herkunft ist, ist für seine Filme alles andere als akzidentell: Die Geschichte und Erfahrungen seines Volkes haben sich thematisch und künstlerisch-gestalterisch tief in sie eingegraben. Immer wieder hat Askarian dabei überwältigend intensive, filmische Bilder gefunden, die wie verdichtete Sinnbilder wirken und sich gleichwohl nicht auf einfache Bedeutungen reduzieren lassen.
 
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director:
Don Askarian

Avetik
Germany / Armenia, 1992



Screenwriter:
Don Askarian
Dir. of photography:
Gagik Avakian, Martin Gressmann, Andreas Sinanos
Music:
V. Bellini, F. Schubert, arménska ľudová hudba/Armenian folk music
Cast:
Alik Assatrian, Mikhael Stepanian, karen Ganibekian, Eduard Saribekian, Samvel Ovasapian

running time:
100 min.
film:
35 mm, far./col.
production:
Don Askarian
Margarita Woskanian
NDR
FIAF Armenia

sales:
Don Film

awards:
Special Prize – IFF Mannheim

Screening:
Monday, June 23,
2:00 PM, Kúpeľná dvorana Cinema

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Avetik

Hovering between the realms of poetry and history, this stunningly photographed, elegiac work shot mostly in long takes mixes cryptic metaphor and fantastic symbolism to tell the story of Avetik, an Armenian filmmaker exiled in Berlin. Director Askarian employs dreamlike images, a crumbling ancient stone chapel gradually reduced to nothing by the rumbling vibrations of passing military vehicles; a ghostly cemetery of carved tombstones in which a woman takes a starving sheep in her arm and breast-feeds it back to life-to reflect the history of his homeland and shades of his own exile in Germany. In sensuous, lyric tableaux, Askarian explores German racism, the 1915 Armenian genocide, the disastrous earthquake of 1989, tranquil childhood memories, and images inspired by erotic medieval poetry.

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Don Askarian
Don Askarian was born in 1949, in Stepanakert, Nagorno Karabakh. In 1967 he went to Moscow and studied history and art. He worked as an assistantdirector and film critic for a year after. In 1975-1977 Don Askarian was prisoned. In 1978 he emigrated from USSR. For the last 20 years he has lived and worked in Germany. He is a prize winner at several international film festivals. He is perhaps the only director whose "purely Armenian" films have been professionally distributed and proved financially successful in Germany, Japan, Holland, England... "Magic realism", this is how a number of critics characterize his artistic works. The director himself calls his shooting method "creation of new reality". With "Komitas" and "Avetik" Don Askarian became the most important Armenian film director" (Rheinishe Post). In 1982 Don Askarian founded Margarita Woskanian Film Production. His first film was “The Bear” (direction, scripts, costumes), based on Chekhov’s story (1983-1984). In 1985-1988 he was making “Komitas”, which has won several prizes at the international film festivals. 1988 - documentary film “Nagorno Karabakh” (direction, scripts). In 1990-1992 - he produced the feature film “Avetik” (direction, script, editing). Retrospectives of his films took place on the Philadelphia Filmfest of World Cinema '93; Int'l Filmfest Figueira da Foz '93; lnt'l Filmfest Sao Paulo '93; Tokyo Int'l Filmfest 1994 (in Kioto)... In 1995 was held an exhibition of photographs with a book presentation in Tokyo. In 1995 founded the production and distribution companies - Don Film in Armenia and in 1998 Askarian Film in Germany. In 1996 Don Askarian’s book “Dangerous Light” was published in Armenia. The book includes scripts, essays of Don Askarian, interviews and reviews from world press (on Armenian). In 1998- 2000 he produced documentaries "Parajanov" and "Musicians". “On the Old Roman Road” is his most recently produced feature film (in 2001). Now he’s working on feature films “San Lazzaro” and "In Noraduz"... We are very glad that finely we can present his films to a Slovak audience.


http://www.artfilm.sk/film2003/avetik.html
 
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Technical data:
35 mm, 1:1.66, 84 min, color. Germany, 1992.
Script, Direction, Editing, Art Direction by Don Askarian.
Produced by Don Askarian and Margarita Woskanian in co-production with NDR, Germany and FIAF, Armenia with support by Filmburo NW, Germany.
Distributed and broadcasted in Germany, Japan, Netherlands, Armenia.
Prizes: "Special Prize of Int. Film Fest." in Mannheim'92; "Hubert Bals Fund's Support" - Rotterdam'93; "Main Prize for best direction" Fugueira da Foz'93.
© by Don Askarian.

Prints in Armenian, German, Italian, Dutch, Japan.

Sale and distribution
by Don Film
e-mail: donfilm@netsys.am



Fotos und Film auf:
http://www.don-askarian.am/films/avetik.html



"Avetik" was treated as the best film of 1993 by a number of film critics like Peter W. Jansen.


"Dali, Tarkovski, Bunuel, Deren ... Add the name of Armenian director Don Askarian to the ranks of this dream team. His latest film "Avetik" is very much in tradition of the cinema of dreams. A gorgeous and mesmerizing film, "Avetik" both thrills the eye and boggles the mind. It takes you on a journey of the mind that leads to heaven or hell - a succulent garden full of bare-breasted goddesses or a frozen step of devastation and death". "Askarian is capable of producing images that are unlike anything ever seen before, yet hit you with a primal immediacy".

Giovanni Fazio, "The Japan Times" 25 March, 1995


The Harvard Film Archive about the film



Hovering between the realms of poetry and history, this stunningly photographed, elegiac work-hot mostly in long takes-mixes cryptic metaphor and fantastic symbolism to tell the story of Avetik, an Armenian filmmaker exiled in Berlin. Director Askarian employs dreamlike images-a crumbling, ancient stone chapel gradually reduced to nothing by the rumbling vibrations of passing military vehicles; a ghostly cemetery of carved tombstones in which a woman takes a starving sheep in her arm and breast-feeds it back to life-to reflect the history of his homeland and shades of his own exile in Germany. In sensuous, lyric tableaux, Askarian explores German racism, the 1915 Armenian genocide, the disastrous earthquake of 1989, tranquil childhood memories, and images inspired by erotic medieval poetry.




CAST & CREDITS

Avetik
Alik Assatrian
Avetik as Child
Mikhael Stepanian

Refugee
Karen Ganibekian

Poet-Kuchak
Eduard Saribekian

Armenian King
Samvel Ovasapian

Journalist
Geno Lechner

In further Rols
Armen Hovanessian, Nare Haikasian,
Wahram Martirossian, Oxana Podgaiskaia, Setrak, Igor Moltchan, Margarita Woskanian, Wigen Keshishian, Gevorg, Sergei, Wigen

Camera
Gagik Avakian, Martin Gressmann,
Andreas Sinanos

Music
V. Bellini, F. Schubert, Armenian Folk Music

Production Supervisor and Management as well as Filmmusic, Sound editing and Costumes
Margarita Woskanian

Make-up
Marlik Bagdassarian, Bi Meyer

Sound
Rudolph Schwarz, Oliver Grafe

Lighting
Rafik Kirakossian, David Gevorkian,
Vigen Begoian, Luc mc Bain, Chris Kraus
Wardrobe
Marien Harutunian
Sound Effects
Heinz Heppner,
Dirk Heppner

Assistant Directors
Barbara Schubert, Nara

Camera-Assistants
Alexander Davtian, Rubik,
Alexander Rytov, Peter Döttling,
Dimitris Damalas

Art Direction Assistants and Properties
Alik Assatrian, Rubik Abrahamian,
Robert Askarian, Armen aus Erewan, Babken Alaverdian, Nina and Gagik

Drivers
Hakop Ghughuian, Babken Alaverdian, Mikhael Adamian, Vardkes Harutunian, Gedeon Movsessian, Wrej Badalian, Schiko

Location Management
Aschot Abrahamian, Aschot Tigranian

Couriers
Aschot Nasarian, Ara Stepanian

Filmcode
Moviecode

Titles
Thomas Wilk


Mixing
Ralf Krause

Commissioning Editor
Eberhard Scharfenberg, NDR

Script writer, director, editor, art director
Don Askarian
 
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