The premiere of the historical drama “Sardarapat. The General is waiting. ” The film, shot with the support of Rossotrudnichestvo, was presented to the youth by Marutyan himself, who came to Armenia at the invitation of the Russian House in Yerevan.
After the director spoke about the features of the film, shooting, the moderator, a well-known Russian journalist, special correspondent of the Vzglyad publication Yuri Vasiliev gave the floor to one of the spectators. A woman in a black mourning dress thanked the organizers for the screening and asked to make sure that the film about such a significant historical event in the history of the Armenian people would be seen by as many people as possible. The audience was shocked when they learned that behind the microphone Rima Muradyan is the mother of the Moscow Armenian Theater actor Artur Dilanyan (died on August 29, 2021), who played the role of the main character, General Movses Silikyan.
“I would like this film to be shown on Armenian television. I express my special gratitude to the entire Russian people, the Armenian community of Russia, the Armenian Embassy in Russia for organizing the transportation of my son’s body, funeral and farewell to the actor. I am grateful that I was able to see my son on the screen after his death, ”said Rima Muradyan.
The audience burst into thunderous applause and stood in tribute to the memory of the untimely departed actor.
Then the film was discussed with director Alexander Marutyan and invited historians and film critics. A question was raised from the audience: “Should art workers interfere in controversial topics, or is it better to leave this matter to historians?”
“It is not always correct to tell the truth, sometimes you have to remain silent. It is not only well-trained viewers who watch movies, so they can draw the wrong conclusions. The contradiction should be presented correctly, but it is very difficult, ”answered the film’s consultant, candidate of historical sciences Sona Mirzoyan.
In turn, film critic, art director of the Golden Apricot festival Karen Avetisyan noted: “From the point of view of art, I am for contradiction. If we make up our minds and touch this contradiction, maybe something will turn out in the field of art. However, this is not suitable for diplomatic relations – completely different aspects with conditional correlation. I am ready to watch a movie on a controversial historical theme, filmed with a non-state budget. Any truth can be observed in such a picture. “
“It is difficult to speak in the language of art and cinema. But it is imperative to tell the truth and substantiate this truth, ”said the head of the Department of Social Sciences of the Yerevan State Medical University. M. Heratsi, Doctor of Historical Sciences Vahan Melikyan.
The film and the discussion of historical cinema in general aroused a genuine interest of the young audience.
“I’m sure films like Sardarapat. The general is waiting … ”, it is necessary to shoot. It is necessary to use various venues in order to present such a movie as widely as possible. Then a large number of viewers will have the opportunity to see this picture and feel the spirit of those ideas that were conveyed by the artist. Today it was interesting to see how the director showed the role of Russian soldiers in the Sardarapat battle in the film. The soldiers did not leave the Caucasian front, they fought side by side with the Armenian brothers against the Turkish invaders. They were able to restrain Turkish aggression by joint efforts, “Tsovinar Kostanyan, a participant of the” New Generation “program, a political scientist, chairman of the public organization” Union of Patriotic Youth “, shared her impressions.
Let us remind you that the director of photography for the film “Sardarapat. The General is waiting … ”Hovhannes Marutyan, production designer – Atsamaz Dzivaev.
Press service of the RCSC in Yerevan
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