By Nancy Kalajian
Special to the Mirror-Spectator
BOSTON — Though it will be held during Halloween weekend, there’s no need to be afraid of experiencing this year’s Armenian Film Festival in Boston. Indeed, the chills that filmgoers might experience during the last weekend in October may well be related to the pride and accomplishments felt towards the many talented Armenian filmmakers whose creations will be featured during this third Armenian Film Festival.
Presented by the Armenian Dramatic Arts Alliance (ADAA) and the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston (ICA), a unique collection of films — narrative, documentary, short and animated — will be screened at the Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater at the ICA/Boston October 29-31. Located on Boston’s waterfront, the stateof- the-art theater has great sight lines with stadium style seating. The movies are accessible to speakers of French, Armenian or English; the subtitles are in English.
The festival kicks off on Friday, October 29, with screenings of two films, Robert Guédiguian’s historical drama, “The Army of Crime” and Serge Avedikian’s “Barking Island,” winner of the Palm d’Or for Best Short Film at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. The opening night screenings will be followed by a dessert reception in the ICA lobby. On display in the lobby is “Banquet” by New York artist Francesca DiMattio, a new, fivecanvas painting that offers viewers a fantastical interpretation of a waterfront scene. DiMattio’s work is the fourth installation of the Sandra and Gerald Fineberg Art Wall, which is dedicated to site-specific works by leading contemporary artists.
Three films will be presented on Saturday, and two more on Sunday, the final evening. After Saturdays and Sundays screenings, filmmakers will be present and available to answer questions pertaining to their films. Bianca Bagatourian, co-founder of the ADAA and curator of the Armenian Film Festival of Boston, will ask the filmmakers questions and the audience will also have the opportunity to poise questions.