YERKU ASHKHARHIC I HISHATAK / FROM TWO WORLDS AS A KEEPSAKE
2012, Colour, Armenia, First Films World Competition
Original language : Russe et arménien
Subtitles language : s.t.a.
Karine Verdiyan, Nika Shek
Armine Anda, Anjelika Mashuryan, Yelena Prokhorenko, Naira Shahiryan, Ruben Abrahamyan, Vahe Arakelyan
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1988, a multi-ethnic town in Soviet Azerbaijan. Eight-year-old Ashen's parents, both Armenian, are divorced, live in different parts of town and are forever in a tug-of-war over the girl. Ashen's father has remarried and his new Russian wife has become a second mother for Ashen. In fact everyone is kind to the girl. But when the conflict breaks out between Armenia and Azerbaijan, where Ashen lives becomes a far more serious matter. Ashen's mother has to give her over to her father to keep her safe. Ashen survives, but not her family. She loses her father and both mothers. She is saved by an Azerbaijani neighbour who could not save her own daughter, whose father was Armenian. Could this woman become Ashen's third mother?
Born in Yerevan, Armenia, in 1982, Nika Shek graduated in direction from VGIK, the celebrated Moscow film school, in 2002. She has directed numerous short and documentaries, many of which were shown, and won awards, at festivals around the world. These include Die Tür, Ei, ei, Sir!, Besser weniger zu sagen, als, Piano, Was singen die Steine, DA HAB ICH DIE WELT GESEHEN, Nur eine Stufe, Lass den Himmel nicht fallen, Ich bin hier geboren, Oh!, The Game in One Gate and Women’s Happiness or Men’s Dignity. FROM TWO WORLDS AS A KEEPSAKE marks her directorial debut in features.
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