ArmInfo. July 10 to 17, Yerevan will be hosting the most significant cultural event, Golden Apricot Yerevan International Film Festival.
At a news conference on Friday Karen Avetisyan, Artistic Director of the festival, said that this year's event "bears post-apocalyptic symbols" as the global tribulations the year 2020 was marked by are still continuing.
"Every year we focus our attention on the fact and recreation and entertainment is of secondary importance for us in the context of the festival. We are having our finger on the pulse of the present-day global agenda. The festival is not a festive event. Rather. It is kind of laboratory with debate raging there. So we should not isolate ourselves. Our goal is becoming part of this agenda," Mr Khachatryan said.
According to tradition, the 2022 festival programme consists of three components: International Competition, Regional Panorama and Apricot Stone. Armenian films will participate in all the competitions.
The festival feature is the films about the Artsakh was shot by both Armenian and Greek, Egyptian and Argentine directors. The 19th Golden Apricot Yerevan International Film Festival will kick off with "Amerikatsi" (American) by director Michael Goorjian. The film is dedicated to the Armenian Genocide. The documentary Invisible Republic by Garin Hovannisian will be the last in the series dedicated to the Artsakh war.
This year, the festival jury will be headed by Terence (Terry) George, an Irish screenwriter and director, who is known for The Promise. Among the jury member will be Orwa Nyrabia, Director of International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), won the Vulcan Award of the Technical Artist for Petrov's Flu, Isaki Lacuesta, a Spanish film director from Catalonia, and Armenian film director Nora Martirosyan (director of the film Should the Wind Drop).
This year, the Golden Apricot Yerevan International Film Festival will be sponsored by the RA Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport and the Yerevan Municipality.