By Artsvi Bakchinyan
YEREVAN — Last year, among international jury members of “Golden Apricot” Yerevan International Film Festival, there was an Armenian name — Marc Hairapetian.
A colleague from Berlin, member of International Association of Film Critics and Cinema Journalists (FIPRESCI), about whom Germany’s biggest newspaper, Bild wrote: “Marc Hairapetian is Germany’s best film journalist.” Not bad, of course, to have the best film journalist from Germany to share your ethnic background! In my long-time quest for people of Armenian origin in cinema I had not come across his name. Hairapetian was for the first time in Armenia, and we got a chance to get acquainted.
Hairapetian was born in February 6, 1968, in Frankfurt am Main. His Armenian father, Ardavas Hairapetian, was the founder of the Armenian Society in the city. At the age of 16 Hairapetian founded and became the editor of Spirit — Ein Lächeln Im Sturm (Spirit – A Smile in the Storm) www.spirit-fanzine.com / www.spirit-fanzine.de, the magazine for film, theatre, music, literature and audio drama.
Hairapetian has often been a jury member for German film festivals and has worked for newspapers (Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, Süddeutsche Zeitung) and magazines (Der Spiegel, Spiegel Online, Cinema, ME, Movies) in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and US. He has conducted exclusive interviews with personalities such as Elia Kazan, Charles Aznavour, Billy Wilder, Gregory Peck, Sir Peter Ustinov, Christiane Kubrick (widow of Stanley Kubrick), Anne Hathaway, Kim Novak, Sophia Loren, Claudia Cardinale, Richard Gere, Tom Cruise, Felix Werner (son of Oskar Werner), Atom Egoyan and Henry Kissinger. He did the longest interview with director Fatih Akin about his new film, “The Cut” and the Armenian Genocide and published it exclusive for Spirit – A Smile in the Storm. He is the co-writer of Oskar Werner – Das Filmbuch (Oskar Werner – The Film Book) biography (Vienna 2002).