ArmInfo. In Beirut on July 17,the viewing of "Cilicia: The Land of Lions" historical trilogywas hold with great success . The press secretary of the event told ArmInfo.
Members of the Lebanese government, deputies, representatives of the Armenian community, intellectuals, cultural figures and media attended the event. The event was held with the support of the Founder of KOHAR symphony orchestra, philanthropist Harout Khatchadourian.
KOHAR has always been devoted to the promulgation of the Armenian cultural heritage, and this cinematographic work aims to disseminate the untold story of the Glorious Armenian Kingdom of Cilicia.
"This initiative aims to preserve the idea that we are descendants of a powerful and proud kingdom of generations. These films represent the history of Cilicia, and they will have a big impact on Lebanese Armenians and Armenians all over the world," Harout Khatchadourian said.
The trilogy present to the viewer three generations of Cilician kings dynasties. We also note that the film- essays were shot with the assistance of the Armenian company Domino Production. Equipped with innovative historical genres, this project is one of the first of its kind in the Armenian market.
"Our goal was to create a high-quality film that will take its place in the modern world of film production and make Armenia a recognizable country with great development potential in this field. All filming was carried out in Armenia, starting with spectacular scenes on the battlefield, ending with sea battles were conducted on the ship "Cilicia", - the director Ashot Arakelyan underlined.
Historical accuracy is preserved in the essay films, but to ensure the artistic and dramatic part there are historical episodes that were presented in the creative approach of the director.
The main condition for choosing the cast was not the participation of famous actors, but the attraction of professional and charismatic images.
When shooting films, essays, the creative team used archival historical materials, in collaboration with the historian. The creative team sought to preserve and convey the spirit of the period to the audience as accurately as possible.
A kind of drama for movies is also given by music specially written for films performed by the symphony orchestra and the KOHAR choir. Formed during the period when the Armenian people lost their statehood, an Armenian principality was created on the shores of the Mediterranean in Cilicia, which for three centuries was able to maintain its independence and create a powerful state.
The first mood reel introduces the first part (1080-1198) of the three-century-old history of Cilicia, from the founding of a princedom in the 11th century to the rule of one of the greatest Armenian royals - King Levon the Roupenid - to Cilicia's participation in the Crusades and the establishment of the Cilician Kingdom.
The second mood reel refers to the historical events taking place in the 13th century, providing an insight into the relationship among the nobles and the change in the royal dynasties from Roupenids to Hetoumids, with Queen Zabel I, marrying her regent, Constantine of Baberon's son: the founder of Hetoumids' dynasty - King Hetoum I.
The third and the last of the mood reel trilogy presents the final years of the Kingdom (1219- 1375) beginning with the reign of King Levon III, when Cilicia was torn apart from all four sides of the kingdom, to King Levon V, the last king who came from the Lusignan dynasty; his burial is depicted in the last scene of the mood reel.
This is the first and the only cinematographic work that narrates the history of Cilicia and has an ambitious aim to be presented in the international film market.
The grand premiere of "Cilicia: The Land of Lions" mood reel trilogy will take place in Armenia in the near future.