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2017 Armenian Film Festival Sydney Australia

Proudly presented by Hamazkaine Armenian Educational and Cultural Society (Shant Chapter).

Purchase your festival tickets here!

Online sales will close 1 hour prior to each session. Remaining tickets will be sold in CASH at the box office. Tickets for any session can be purchased in cash, at the Box Office, 1 hour before each screening, and 30 minutes after each screening.

Reserved seating only available for 'Head of State' and 'Intent to Destroy'.
Between Friday 18 August 2017 and Sunday 27 August 2017

Location

Event Cinema Top Ryde
Top Ryde Shopping Centre, Blaxland Road, Top Ryde, NSW 2112

Contact Details

To book in person or for group discounts (20 tickets or more) contact:
Hilma: 0411 405 371
Elena: 0414 990 434

Sessions

Sessions Description Status

 

ARMENIAN SHORT FILMS SELECTION

115 min (total) / ARMENIA / M 15+ / Armenian with English subtitles. 

Featuring:

  • HOW TO CROSS (FROM JILIZ TO JILIZ)
  • SKHTORASHEN
  • RED APPLES
  • THE SIMON’S WAY
  • ANOTHER TIME 

Doors open 15 minutes before session time. No reserved seating. All tickets $20. 

Friday 18 August 2017 7:00 PM Short Films Selection Closed

ROOTS (ARMATNER)

119 min / ARMENIA / Dir: Vahe Yan / Romance / Armenian with English subtitles / PG13+

A Boston-based journalist and blogger Aram, visits Armenia on the eve of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide in 2015 , and meets by chance Anet, from France, a regular follower of his blog. A beautiful romance emerges that ties the two to their native homeland. A modern-day romance.

Doors open 15 minutes before session time. No reserved seating. All tickets $20. 

Friday 18 August 2017 9:15 PM Roots (Armatner) Closed

OPENING NIGHT

HEAD OF STATE (ARAJIN DEMQ) & LAUNCH PARTY (Included in the price)

130 min / ARMENIA / Dir: Hrant Yeritskinyan / Armenian with English subtitles / PG 13+

 

Grigor (Aram MP3) is an unemployed journalist who blames everyone but himself for his problems, from his love life to government policies. But everything changes when he wakes up as the President of Armenia! Starring Aram Sargsyan (Aram MP3) and written by Narek Margaryan and Sergey Sargsyan (ArmComedy). 

Ticket price $40 includes film and launch party after the film including one free drink (beer, wine, soft drink), canapes, DJ, guests, prizes and surprises.

Doors open 15 minutes before session time. Vmax theatre - reserved seating available. Reserve your seats after selecting this session. 

Saturday 19 August 2017 7:00 PM Head of State (Arajin Demq) & Launch Party Closed

ANAHIT

86 min / ARMENIA / Animation, Family / Dir: David Sahakyants, Lyulya Sahakyants / Armenian with English subtitles / G

The animated tale about King Vachagan of Ancient Armenia who falls in love with Anahit, a simple country girl. She refuses to marry him until he also learns a craft. Vachagan learns to weave carpets, and meanwhile his Uncle Azar tries to conquer the throne using his black powers. Who will save the King? 

Come dressed in Prince or Princess costume, to meet the real-life Anahit!!!

All tickets $15 - (adults at childrens prices).

Doors open 15 minutes before session time. No reserved seating. Under 3 years are free. If session is sold out, under 3's will need to sit on laps. 

 

Sunday 20 August 2017 2:00 PM Anahit Open

KYANK U KRIV (THE LINE)

150 min / ARMENIA / Drama / Dir: Mger Mkrtchyan / Armenian with English subtitles / PG13+

A story that follows Tigran and his friends, set against the backdrop of the Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabagh) war. Tigran, a shy young man loses the girl he loves. In going to war against Azerbaijan, he is forced to mature, and overcome his inner fears, as he and his friends navigate this tumultuous time in Artsakh.

The sequel KYANK U KRIV 2: 25 YEARS LATER will be featured on Friday 25th August.

Doors open 15 minutes before session time. No reserved seating. All tickets $20. 

Sunday 20 August 2017 5:00 PM Kyanq u Kriv (The Line) Open

THE SHADOW OF ARARAT (LA SOMBRA de ARARAT)

58 min / SPAIN / Documentary / Dir: Miguel Angel Nieto / Spanish with English subtitles / PG

A fascinating documentary, following the scattering of the Armenian people around the world after the genocide, and finding success in the diaspora. Interviews with successful Armenians who have excelled in their chosen field of art, sport, music and business, including Charles Aznavour, Ara Malikian, Robert Guédiguian, and Emile Lahoud amongst others. 

Doors open 15 minutes before session time. No reserved seating. All tickets $20. 

 

Sunday 20 August 2017 8:00 PM The Ararat Shadow (La Sombra de Ararat) Open

DON'T TELL ME THE BOY WAS MAD (UNE HISTOIRE DE FOU)

134 min / FRANCE / Drama / Dir: Robert Guediguian / French with English subtitles / M 15+

Back by popular demand for an encore Sydney screening

Based on true events, this dramatic feature explores the effects of the Armenian Genocide on future generations, begining with Soghomon Tehlirian in Berlin (1921), the Armenian Liberation movement of the 70's and 80's where in Paris, Aram blows up the Turkish Ambassador's car, seriously injuring Gilles, passing by on his bicylce. This epic concludes on the borders of an independent Armenia, a dream strived for by three generations. 

Doors open 15 minutes before session time. No reserved seating. All tickets $20. 

Thursday 24 August 2017 7:00 PM Don't Tell Me The Boy Was Mad (Une Histoire de Fou) Open

THE OTHER SIDE OF HOME + Q&A with Nare Mkrtchyan

40 min /Turkey, Armenia / Documentary / Dir: Nare Mkrtchyan / Turkish, Armenian, English subtitles / PG

In 2015, a Turkish woman named Maya discovers that her great grandmother was a survivor of the Armenian Genocide. The documentary follows Maya as she decides to go to Armenia to take part in the 100th commemoration of the genocide and to explore her conflicted identity. Shortlisted for an Academy Award Nomination in 2016. Film followed by Q&A with fiilmmaker Nare Mkrtchyan.

Doors open 15 minutes before session time. No reserved seating. All tickets $20. 

 

Friday 25 August 2017 7:30 PM The Other Side of Home Open

KYANK U KRIV 2 (THE LINE 2: 25 YEARS LATER)

147 min / ARMENIA / Drama / Dir: Mger Mkrtchyan / Armenian with English subtitles / PG 13+

In KYANK U KRIV 2, the friends are reunited 25 years later, to find they are still living the consequences of the war. Through the destinies of the central characters THE LINE 2 shows the long path we pass in 25 years.

Doors open 15 minutes before session time. No reserve seating. All tickets $20.

Friday 25 August 2017 9:00 PM Kyank u Kriv 2: (The Line 2 - 25 Years Later) Open

EARTHQUAKE

101 min / ARMENIA, RUSSIA / Drama / Dir: Sarik Andreasyan / Armenian with English subtitles / M 15+

The first major motion picture based on true events surrounding the Spitak earthquake that shook Armenia (then part of the Soviet Union), on 7th December 1988. 

Doors open 15 minutes before session time. No reserved seating. All tickets $20. 

Saturday 26 August 2017 7:00 PM Earthquake Open

LOST BIRDS

 

90 min / TURKEY / Drama, Family / Dir: Ela Alyamac, Aren Perdici / Turkish with English subtitles / PG 8+

 

A historical fairy-tale like story told through the eyes of a young brother and sister who are left behind in the mass deportations of the Armenians in the Ottoman Empire of 1915. Bedo and Maryan, together with their wounded bird Bacik, embark on a journey to search for their mother. Beautifully told, for young and young at heart. 

 

Doors open 15 minutes before session time. No reserved seating. Adults $20, children 12 and under $15. Family tickets (2A/2C, 1A/3C) $60.

Sunday 27 August 2017 2:00 PM Lost Birds Open

CLOSING NIGHT

INTENT TO DESTROY

120 min / USA / Documenatary / Dir: Joe Berlinger / English / PG 13+

Academy Award® nominated director Joe Berlinger's partner film to Terry George’s THE PROMISE, entwining behind the scenes footage with an unwavering exploration of the history of the Armenian Genocide and the tangled web of denial by the Turkish government, its strategic allies and even Hollywood. 

Doors open 15 minutes before session time. Vmax theatre - reserved seating available. Reserve your seats after selecting this session. All tickets $20. 

Sunday 27 August 2017 6:00 PM Intent To Destroy Open

 

ARMENIAN SHORT FILMS SELECTION

115 min (total) / ARMENIA / M 15+ / Armenian with English subtitles. 

Featuring:

  • HOW TO CROSS (FROM JILIZ TO JILIZ)
  • SKHTORASHEN
  • RED APPLES
  • THE SIMON’S WAY
  • ANOTHER TIME 

Doors open 15 minutes before session time. No reserved seating. All tickets $20. 

Friday 18 August 2017 7:00 PM
Short Films Selection
Closed

ROOTS (ARMATNER)

119 min / ARMENIA / Dir: Vahe Yan / Romance / Armenian with English subtitles / PG13+

A Boston-based journalist and blogger Aram, visits Armenia on the eve of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide in 2015 , and meets by chance Anet, from France, a regular follower of his blog. A beautiful romance emerges that ties the two to their native homeland. A modern-day romance.

Doors open 15 minutes before session time. No reserved seating. All tickets $20. 

Friday 18 August 2017 9:15 PM
Roots (Armatner)
Closed

OPENING NIGHT

HEAD OF STATE (ARAJIN DEMQ) & LAUNCH PARTY (Included in the price)

130 min / ARMENIA / Dir: Hrant Yeritskinyan / Armenian with English subtitles / PG 13+

 

Grigor (Aram MP3) is an unemployed journalist who blames everyone but himself for his problems, from his love life to government policies. But everything changes when he wakes up as the President of Armenia! Starring Aram Sargsyan (Aram MP3) and written by Narek Margaryan and Sergey Sargsyan (ArmComedy). 

Ticket price $40 includes film and launch party after the film including one free drink (beer, wine, soft drink), canapes, DJ, guests, prizes and surprises.

Doors open 15 minutes before session time. Vmax theatre - reserved seating available. Reserve your seats after selecting this session. 

Saturday 19 August 2017 7:00 PM
Head of State (Arajin Demq) & Launch Party
Closed

ANAHIT

86 min / ARMENIA / Animation, Family / Dir: David Sahakyants, Lyulya Sahakyants / Armenian with English subtitles / G

The animated tale about King Vachagan of Ancient Armenia who falls in love with Anahit, a simple country girl. She refuses to marry him until he also learns a craft. Vachagan learns to weave carpets, and meanwhile his Uncle Azar tries to conquer the throne using his black powers. Who will save the King? 

Come dressed in Prince or Princess costume, to meet the real-life Anahit!!!

All tickets $15 - (adults at childrens prices).

Doors open 15 minutes before session time. No reserved seating. Under 3 years are free. If session is sold out, under 3's will need to sit on laps. 

 

Sunday 20 August 2017 2:00 PM
Anahit
Open

KYANK U KRIV (THE LINE)

150 min / ARMENIA / Drama / Dir: Mger Mkrtchyan / Armenian with English subtitles / PG13+

A story that follows Tigran and his friends, set against the backdrop of the Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabagh) war. Tigran, a shy young man loses the girl he loves. In going to war against Azerbaijan, he is forced to mature, and overcome his inner fears, as he and his friends navigate this tumultuous time in Artsakh.

The sequel KYANK U KRIV 2: 25 YEARS LATER will be featured on Friday 25th August.

Doors open 15 minutes before session time. No reserved seating. All tickets $20. 

Sunday 20 August 2017 5:00 PM
Kyanq u Kriv (The Line)
Open

THE SHADOW OF ARARAT (LA SOMBRA de ARARAT)

58 min / SPAIN / Documentary / Dir: Miguel Angel Nieto / Spanish with English subtitles / PG

A fascinating documentary, following the scattering of the Armenian people around the world after the genocide, and finding success in the diaspora. Interviews with successful Armenians who have excelled in their chosen field of art, sport, music and business, including Charles Aznavour, Ara Malikian, Robert Guédiguian, and Emile Lahoud amongst others. 

Doors open 15 minutes before session time. No reserved seating. All tickets $20. 

 

Sunday 20 August 2017 8:00 PM
The Ararat Shadow (La Sombra de Ararat)
Open

DON'T TELL ME THE BOY WAS MAD (UNE HISTOIRE DE FOU)

134 min / FRANCE / Drama / Dir: Robert Guediguian / French with English subtitles / M 15+

Back by popular demand for an encore Sydney screening

Based on true events, this dramatic feature explores the effects of the Armenian Genocide on future generations, begining with Soghomon Tehlirian in Berlin (1921), the Armenian Liberation movement of the 70's and 80's where in Paris, Aram blows up the Turkish Ambassador's car, seriously injuring Gilles, passing by on his bicylce. This epic concludes on the borders of an independent Armenia, a dream strived for by three generations. 

Doors open 15 minutes before session time. No reserved seating. All tickets $20. 

Thursday 24 August 2017 7:00 PM
Don't Tell Me The Boy Was Mad (Une Histoire de Fou)
Open

THE OTHER SIDE OF HOME + Q&A with Nare Mkrtchyan

40 min /Turkey, Armenia / Documentary / Dir: Nare Mkrtchyan / Turkish, Armenian, English subtitles / PG

In 2015, a Turkish woman named Maya discovers that her great grandmother was a survivor of the Armenian Genocide. The documentary follows Maya as she decides to go to Armenia to take part in the 100th commemoration of the genocide and to explore her conflicted identity. Shortlisted for an Academy Award Nomination in 2016. Film followed by Q&A with fiilmmaker Nare Mkrtchyan.

Doors open 15 minutes before session time. No reserved seating. All tickets $20. 

 

Friday 25 August 2017 7:30 PM
The Other Side of Home
Open

KYANK U KRIV 2 (THE LINE 2: 25 YEARS LATER)

147 min / ARMENIA / Drama / Dir: Mger Mkrtchyan / Armenian with English subtitles / PG 13+

In KYANK U KRIV 2, the friends are reunited 25 years later, to find they are still living the consequences of the war. Through the destinies of the central characters THE LINE 2 shows the long path we pass in 25 years.

Doors open 15 minutes before session time. No reserve seating. All tickets $20.

Friday 25 August 2017 9:00 PM
Kyank u Kriv 2: (The Line 2 - 25 Years Later)
Open

EARTHQUAKE

101 min / ARMENIA, RUSSIA / Drama / Dir: Sarik Andreasyan / Armenian with English subtitles / M 15+

The first major motion picture based on true events surrounding the Spitak earthquake that shook Armenia (then part of the Soviet Union), on 7th December 1988. 

Doors open 15 minutes before session time. No reserved seating. All tickets $20. 

Saturday 26 August 2017 7:00 PM
Earthquake
Open

LOST BIRDS

 

90 min / TURKEY / Drama, Family / Dir: Ela Alyamac, Aren Perdici / Turkish with English subtitles / PG 8+

 

A historical fairy-tale like story told through the eyes of a young brother and sister who are left behind in the mass deportations of the Armenians in the Ottoman Empire of 1915. Bedo and Maryan, together with their wounded bird Bacik, embark on a journey to search for their mother. Beautifully told, for young and young at heart. 

 

Doors open 15 minutes before session time. No reserved seating. Adults $20, children 12 and under $15. Family tickets (2A/2C, 1A/3C) $60.

Sunday 27 August 2017 2:00 PM
Lost Birds
Open

CLOSING NIGHT

INTENT TO DESTROY

120 min / USA / Documenatary / Dir: Joe Berlinger / English / PG 13+

Academy Award® nominated director Joe Berlinger's partner film to Terry George’s THE PROMISE, entwining behind the scenes footage with an unwavering exploration of the history of the Armenian Genocide and the tangled web of denial by the Turkish government, its strategic allies and even Hollywood. 

Doors open 15 minutes before session time. Vmax theatre - reserved seating available. Reserve your seats after selecting this session. All tickets $20. 

Sunday 27 August 2017 6:00 PM
Intent To Destroy
Open