BOSTON — The Armenian Dramatic Arts Alliance (ADAA) and the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston (ICA) partner to present the third Armenian Film Festival in Boston, an array of powerful and visually dazzling narrative, documentary, short and animated films. All screenings take place in the Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater at the ICA/Boston from October 29-31. Tickets are available at www.icaboston.org.
The festival kicks off on Friday, October 29, with screenings of “The Army of Crime” (L’Armée du Crime, France 2009), Robert Guédiguian’s lush historical drama, and “Barking Island,” winner of the Palm D’Or for Best Short Film at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. Opening night screenings will be followed by a dessert reception in the ICA’s lobby, now featuring five perspective-defying paintings by Francesca DiMattio on the Sandra and Gerald Fineberg Art Wall.
Other highlights in the festival include “From Ararat to Zion” by Edgar Baghdasaryan, “The Fifth Column” by Vatche Boulghourjian, “Heart of Two Nations” by Nouritza Matossian, “Modern Love” by Stéphane Kazandjian and “Mount Athos” by Eddy Vicken.
“We are thrilled to present this eclectic roster of the most exciting and visually dazzling new Armenian films to Boston-area film enthusiasts,” states Armenian Film Festival of Boston Director Paul Boghosian. “As a film producer who has had his films shown at film festivals, I have experienced firsthand the importance of film festivals in providing credibility and promotional impetus to a filmmaker’s career. The ICA’s commitment to outstanding contemporary art in all media makes it a perfect setting for our festival.”
“Most US audiences would not have the chance to experience these amazing films without the Armenian Film Festival of Boston,” said Honorary Chairman of the Armenian Film Festival of Boston, state Rep. Peter Koutoujian. “Thanks to our partnership with the ICA, we are able to celebrate the rich heritage of Armenian art and culture through the riveting stories Armenian filmmakers are producing today.”
“The Armenian Film Festival of Boston fits naturally with the ICA’s mission of presenting the best new international cinema to the Boston community,” said Branka Bogdanov, director of film and video at the ICA. “We are delighted to host this year’s festival and offer our film audience greater exposure to Armenian culture and heritage.”