13th Golden Apricot International Film Festival Yerevan

10.07.2016 to 17.07.2016

Ecumenical Jury Yerevan 2016

“Immortal”, directed by Seyed Hadi Mohaghegh (Iran 2015), is the winner of the Ecumenical Jury Award at the 13th Golden Apricot International Film Festival Yerevan. The film also won the Silver Apricot by the International Feature Film Competition Jury. The Golden Apricot was awarded to "Ungiven", directed by Branko Schmidt from Croatia who also took the prize of the FIPRESCI Jury. The film has been awarded by the Ecumenical Jury in Cottbus 2015 before.

The 13th Golden Apricot film festival in Yerevan was opened with the Armenian silent film "Zare" (1927), directed by Hamo Beknazaryan who was the founder of Armenian cinema. In addition to the three competition sections (International Feature Films, International Documentaries, Armenian Panorama) the festival screened films in numerous other sections, among others a comprehensive retrospective of the films of Želimir Žilnik.

Link: Festival website


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The film is about a sixty-year-old man searching ways for ending his life as he feels guilty for the death of his family. It touches upon family relations and reveals the humanity and dignity of a person who, till his death, has a living love towards his only surviving grandson. The film manages to realize its objectives in a highly aesthetical and impressive quality. Through traditional oriental film-making the images of the nature and the local inhabitants seem quite vivid which helps to convey the essential issues of our death and life.